We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.
We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.
Travaillez, prenez de la peine :
C’est le fonds qui manque le moins.
Jean de La Fontaine, Le Laboureur et ses Enfants; inspired from the fable: The Farmer and his Sons by Aesop.
What is a White Elephant Opportunity?
An opportunity that is not necessarily obvious.
It may not align with your perception of success, so you might initially reject it.
It will attract you for reasons that may be unclear.
You will be scared.
You may fail (and that’s OK!).
Heather M. Cassano, Women Techmakers 2016 NYC Summit, #WTM16.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
I love reading. That being said, I am often asked: “What are you reading this week?”, which I will partially answer by logging my “Book of the Week” choice in this post, which will be frequently updated throughout the year 2016. I should mention that I had read some of these several times, because they are totally worth it!
The stories behind how I found/was recommended each book are far more interesting, but let’s save them for another day, shall we?
There are Nerds, and then there are Nerdists. A Nerdist is, more specifically, an artful Nerd. He or she doesn’t just consume, he or she creates and innovates.
Chris Hardwick, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level, 2012.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994.
It all just disappears doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a moment like breath on a mirror.
Any moment now, he’s a coming, The Doctor and I always will be. But times change and so must I. We all change, when you think about it.
We are all different people all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good. You’ve got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.
I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me.
The [Eleventh] Doctor; Doctor Who, Episode 241: “The Time of the Doctor“, 2013.
Despite not experiencing any numbness in my limbs, nothing felt quite right, not even my emotions, and certainly not my eyesight. In fact, I highly doubt that I could feel anything.
– “I was given painkillers, wasn’t I?”
– “Yes, to make you comfortable”, replied my Hungarian buddy. After a long pause, he added:
“I did tell them you will not be happy about it.”
– “You bet I am not! Happy is celebrating my team’s accomplishments at the end of the year, such as onboarding one the largest clearing houses in the world into our first-class global proprietary platform: An unprecedented achievement! It is being treated to a live performance by Neil deGrasse Tyson[*1] while history was being written with respect to our efforts to slow down Global Warming:
“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors;
We Borrow It from Our Children.”
It is also turning into a baking machine for both the annual Winter’s Eve festival and the work holiday potluck. Happiness is also felt through attending year-end celebrations in the tri-state area. Or hosting the annual Polyglot NYC holiday game night in Inwood. Or participating in the Global 5K. Or putting the finishing touches on the design for some of my ubiquitous computing ideas for augmented reality devices (to be posted soon). Or enjoying the holidays with my family in Helena, Montana despite the heavy snow, flying there only a few hours following the annual Christmas Eve Concert in NYC[*2] (recordings to be posted soon)
This is nowhere the realm of joy or happiness. This is anguish!
Emotions are affective aspects of our consciousness. Feeling pain allows our sense of empathy to evolve. Its lack thereof desensitizes us from the harsh realities of life. How else can we strive to better ourselves each and every day? To transform ourselves and contribute to making this world a better place?” The room was as silent as a graveyard, a quite suitable for “Wrap Up Part 3“[*3] as background music.
– “We all need to feel. It is part of the natural balance of things. I can handle a great deal of pain, you know?”
– “Now is not a good time to talk about this.”, he interjected, obviously cognizant of the direction my speech was taking.
– “There will never be a good time to talk about the darkest day of my life!”, I lambasted. “Lilly is dead. She is never coming back. Nothing can be as unbearably painful as experiencing yourself die. Even if you are later reborn as something else, as the phoenix does, nothing will ever be the same again.”
– “You really don’t remember what happened, do you?”, gently asked the same familiar masculine voice I first heard when I awoke.[*4]
– “What are you all trying to tell me… or NOT to tell me?”, I replied, quite puzzled by his query. Then, with all the strength I could muster, I finally asked the second-most question to have been bothering me ever since I regained consciousness:
“Is there a particular reason why I am still unable to see things clearly?”
– “YES!”, they replied in unison, “You have changed.”
I felt tiny pair of hands tightly holding mine, as warm as the tears now rolling down my cheeks.
– “Où est Monsieur Noël ?”
And a little girl whispered:
– “He is gone.”
[*1] Check out “We Stopped Dreaming“, a wonderful video compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s speeches, by Penny 4 NASA. He is great on StarTalk Radio and freaking awesome in person!!! ^_^
[*2] Pix/recording of the Christmas Eve Concert
[*3] Wrap Up Part 3, Soundtrack: Lucky Number Slevin, J. Ralph, 2006.
[*4] See the series intro post.
(Next post: End of January 2016 – PART II: THIS TOO SHALL PASS)
“Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”
Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator, 1940.[*1]
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
As we were getting ready to leave for a year-end celebration / game night, I received a call from the Communications department asking me to write a short note for the “Annual Appeal” e-series at work. To quote Heath Ledger‘s Joker in The Dark Night (2008): And here… we… go:
Since childhood, I have been passionate about both technology and making this world a better place.
Even though I had the support of amazing people while growing up, such as my parents, I did not have a female role model from the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) other than my Mum. Fortunately, this changed in college when I was exposed to a community of successful women who work arduously to inspire and advance women in technology, notably the Anita Borg Institute, ACM-W, and CRA-W.
Nevertheless, many children cannot even begin to dream of such careers in technology in the face of hardships, like food and shelter. For this reason, I also support three wonderful charities which provide me frequent opportunities to lend a hand in the fight against hunger and homelessness, particularly Food for the Poor, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and St. Paul NYC’s Banquet for the Hungry and Homeless.
During this holiday season, consider donating your talents to these causes, and many other great ones out there!
P.S. I am more of a “STEAM” proponent== “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics”!
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
…Not meaning to tout my own horn, but I might have finally figured out where all the missing socks go on laundry day! But, let’s save this topic for another day.