Saturday, September 13, 2008

Some Kind of Different

I think it's good when people step away for a moment from the intensity of their work and life and stop taking themselves so seriously.

BusinessWeek's Election Blog just posted this. About a softball game. And a metaphor.

If we're going to save the world and remain sane while we do it, we're going to have to be able to keep laughing.

Thinking about this and writing those last few sentences convinced me to search back into my email to find one of my favorite rock and roll quotes.

I found it, and I think the little bit of context from my email makes me smile too, so I'm posting both. It's fun to think back to more than a year ago when we were first considering the possibility of pursuing The Carrot Project (or whatever we were calling it back then), and, as always, it's hugely inspiring to read that quote.

I'm working on these interfaces and adding text where text is due, and since I don't actually KNOW anything about what I'm writing, I'm just kind of being silly, and being silly has sent this totally excellent quote running through my head. It's from Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young:

But you know we've gotta do it. We gotta keep on keepin on. Cause if we don't do it, nobody else is gonna. But you know if we can't do it with a smile on our face, you know if we can't do it with love in our hearts, then children we ain't got no right to do it at all. Cause that just means we ain't learned nothing yet. And we're supposed to be some kind of different...

With a smile on our face. With love in our hearts.

It's not always easy, but it has to be the way to go.

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