Sunday, May 22, 2011

Conan O’Brien’s Advice at the Harvard Commencement

Conan O’Brien returns to Harvard University to speak to the Class of 2000.

Here’s his final piece of advice:

I left the cocoon of Harvard, I left the cocoon of Saturday Night Live, I left the cocoon of the Simpsons. And each time it was bruising and tumultuous. And yet every failure was freeing, and today I’m as nostalgic for the bad as I am for the good.

So that’s what I wish for all of you—the bad as well as the good. Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember that the story is never over.


Read the entire speech on Al Lowe’s Humor Site.

Geoff Pound

Monday, May 09, 2011

The Courage to Search for the Secret to Life

Three spirits roamed the earth who alone had the secret of life. They knew humans would soon inhabit the earth. They could not decide how to pass on the secret of life.

They finally agreed that the lesson should only be given to people with strength and courage. So they agreed to put the secret in a place which could only be reached by persons with these qualities.

One spirit suggested that it be placed on top of the highest mountain.

Another spirit said that the secret should be placed at the bottom of the deepest ocean.

But the third spirit, the wisest, disagreed. She said that the secret should be placed deep inside each human being. She knew that only the most courageous would be willing to look for it there.

Native American Story retold by Stephen Shoemaker.

Geoff Pound