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Friday, March 02, 2007

Below is an email that caught my attention, sometimes in life we complain about so many things and sometimes, the more we have the more we crave for greater things. Reading that email made me pause and look around me.. and well, assured myeslf that i may not be somebody, but i know i have my senses together.

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I met this man.. who at 26 have accomplished more than most 40-year olds have. He can be simply described in two words. Workaholic Geek. And that's a big compliment.

He came from a simple family, studied in the province and earned his degree and his first work there. Let's just say he had a big break at an early age, and grabbed all opportunities to learn and earn. He worked in different countries, enhancing his craft. Presently, he handles several independent projects and is employed under 3 different companies. At one of his jobs, he arrives hours before his shift and leaves at even more hours after.

Not personally knowing him tho, he's often seen untalkative but he can easily be seen smiling at anyone, firm but soft spoken, and when it comes to his duties, he's really dedicated and highly analytical.

He may have all the success anyone couldn't even imagine of attaining.. but I'm afraid he has left something important behind..

A Life.

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean-favoured and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good Morning!" and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine -- we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light,
And went without the meat and cursed the bread,
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet in his head.

by: Edwin Arlington Robinson

photo credit: "Sad Man" by mrhayata

drop note: poem got from the outbox separately.


atomicvelvetsigh drank tea with Pandora @ 11:48 AM  


Anonymous james said...

What a sad story and a familiar one too.

3/2/07, 11:36 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

well yeah, and i have to watch out and not be too much hooked up on work too.. harrharr };-}

3/2/07, 10:19 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Sometimes we forget to put the brakes on and know when to stop, when enough is enough. One of my favorite all time quotes comes from Ferris in "ferris Bueler's day Off" where he goes to say, "Life moves pretty fast...if you don't stop to look around a while you coulod miss it."

3/7/07, 7:31 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Sorry about the crappy spelling. :/

3/7/07, 7:31 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

well that's a nice quote and i totally agree with that. maybe this post is also a reminder for me to stop and take a breather once in a while..

and lol, about the spelling.. hehe that shows how multi-tasking one is, "no time to double-check"

3/7/07, 9:49 PM  

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