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Friday, July 15, 2005 11:30 AM
Dance Like Nobody's Watching'
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work

You can't hear it too many times -- life is short, so don't put off doing what you love. Here is the close of columnist Tom Friedman's commencement speech this year at Williams College:

Bringing joy and passion and optimism to your work is not what you get to do when you get to the top. It is HOW you get to the top. If I have had any success as a journalist since I was sitting down there where you are 30 years ago, it's because I found a way to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. I had almost as much fun as a cub reporter doing the overnight shift at UPI, as I did traveling with Secretary of State Baker, as I do now as a columnist. Oh yes, I have had my dull moments and bad seasons -- believe me, I have. But more often than not I found ways to learn from, and enjoy, some part of each job. You can't bet your whole life on some destination. You've got to make the journey work too. And that is why I leave you with some wit and wisdom attributed to Mark Twain: Always work like you don't need the money. Always fall in love like you've never been hurt. Always dance like nobody is watching. And always -- always -- live like it's heaven on earth.




2 comments

j - 7/15/2005 5:53:46 PM
Hey Anita, It's easy to forget that sentiment when people have their noses to the grindstone day in and day out. Thanks for the reminder.
Personally it is something I live with on a daily basis.
Mark Twain is an amazing wit and a wonderful author.
I love his work. He is oft quoted and for good reason.
What a great way to send off a new group of scholars.
My personal mantra is living la vida fearless and I am going to go out with my sneakers worn out and my body used up. Kinda like the velveteen rabbit. Another one of my favourites.
Living la vida fearless. I am,Janet Auty-Carlisle
Heath Row - 7/15/2005 4:52:57 PM
So _that's_ where that quote came from. I first heard it while talking to a Kaospilot in Denmark. It's been one of my favorite sayings since!

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