Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Oliver Sacks writes a beautifully sad piece about being face to face with dying. Although it isn’t pleasant, its good to be reminded and aware of this perspective of life.

Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.

via Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer – NYTimes.com.

Downtown Brooklyn

I decided to snap some pictures today on my walk to an appointment.

On my way back, I saw a cute coffee shop and made it my office for the rest of the day.

Flexible working is smart working

Richard Branson’s take on flexible working:

Flexible working is smart working. Screw business as usual. If you trust your people to make their own decisions, they will reward you.

“I agree,” I think as I sit in a coffee shop at 2pm in a city I moved to just for the heck of it.

Read the full article: Flexible working is smart working – Virgin.com.

On Quitting

Lara Hogan’s interesting view on quitting:

Most importantly, quitting a big thing means that there will be plenty of room in your life for your next big thing. If you exclusively quit little things, there may not be room for you to pick up your next big opportunity.

Read the full article on The Pastry Box.

We’re Told Not to Travel

Great post about traveling and life in general. My favorite part is the last paragraph:

And when we come home from our travels, we love more. Because there’s nothing quite like travel to show you what you had before you left.

via We’re Told Not to Travel – danvineberg.com. Hat tip: @breezyskies

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Old Masters at the Top of Their Game

After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign.

Lovely New York Times Magazine article featuring 15 amazing people over the age of 80 including Betty White, Carl Reiner, Frank Gehry, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

via Old Masters at the Top of Their Game – NYTimes.com.