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"I don't know nothing except change will come / Year after year, what we do is undone / Time keeps moving from a crawl to a run" -- Patty Griffin's When it Don't Come Easy.
Every time I travel I find myself saying: Remember this very moment, right now. Be grateful for it. Take it in. I am very aware that the moments I am experiencing and the people I am experiencing them with will never be the same again. I may return, but the sunlight, the raindrops, the view of the Duomo in Florence or Siena, the hike up and around Mt. Vesuvius will never the same as they were at that moment. We won’t be the same when we make that trek again, even if it’s just a couple of hours later. So, I try to absorb it and find joy in the details as they are happening – the smile on his face as he watches me skip ahead … And now, I’m reminded that I should do this more often. Why don’t I do this more often? Every day, not just when I’m in places I never imagined I’d visit. Realize the reality of the present, the every day and try to find joy and grace and gratitude in it. Or humor – humor is always good. Thanks for the reminder and the lesson.
Re-work the story. Develop the voice. Choose the right transitions. And the story flows.
This entry reminded me of Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor who gave his "Last Lecture" after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The lecture, which has since been viewed by millions over the Internet, was all about living -- the importance of overcoming obstacles, enabling the dreams of others and seizing every moment. Humor. Relaxing in the classroom of life. Making it a course to remember. Thanks for the post.
"The wonder of the gift ... lost in the noise of noise" -- beautiful line.
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