Posts Tagged ‘human development’

i am running אני רץ

August 28, 2010

thanks god for dudu tassa, a real cultural hero

the great thing a about art, is that someone has packaged your emotions in such a great way.

אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל מה שהעולם מציע

כל זמן שהאויר מגיע

וזה לא מפריע

ומלטף אותי

ויש אצלך אור למה לי לעצור

_______

אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל עוד שאני מגיע

כל זמן שאני מזיע

וזה לא מפריע

וממסטל אותי

ויש אצלך אור אני בטח עוד אחזור

_______

אני יודע

אני זז וזה פוגע

בלב שלי יש חור

שאי אפשר לסגור

_______

ואני רץ אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל מה שהעולם מציע

כל זמן שהאויר מגיע

וזה לא מפריע

ומלטף אותי

ויש אצלך אותי את בטח תחכי

_______

אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל מה שפורק ת’זעם

כל מה שחלמנו פעם

כל דבר שיש בו טעם

ומפנק אותי

_______

אני יודע אני זז וזה פוגע

live

July 18, 2010

i have a resolution and a recommendation:

for increased happiness in life, i have a few wishes. some i guess are fantasies that are best left unotuched.

others are totally achievable and i think widely applicable to most of us

so here is one of hopefully a longer list

go see a live musical performance once a month

the verbs are listen, watch, enjoy, open your heart.

the power of music is huge.

and that’s coming from a guy is quite talented, allbeit not at all in music.

it is great that you can greatly enjoy something you are not good at

enough about me

now it is about you

live music

once a month….

Criticism

March 11, 2010

we all know criticism can be lethal

especially in large doses

i need to improve on this front

Moshe, my dear friend, sent this over:

on the wall at the Schechter School (btw, i graduated from Schechter school in Chicago – class of 78 (reflections of the future) :

dis-illusioned by happiness

March 8, 2010

People who are medically depressed have a clearer view of matters

the rest of us are just way too optimistic.

“People in a positive mood generally rely more on their own thoughts and preferences, and pay less attention to the outside world and social norms,” says Forgas.

heard about Forgas new research via  Max, my brother in law, from  Eugene’s blog:

…negative moods can improve the detection of deception
  • reduce judgmental errors (Forgas, 1998),
  • improve eyewitness accuracy (Forgas, Vargas, & Laham, 2005),
  • and improve interpersonal communication strategies (Forgas, 2007).
  • The present experiments confirm this pattern by demonstrating that mild negative moods also increase fairness and sensitivity to the needs of others.

read all about it in the new scientist

If

February 24, 2010

rudyard kipling, i believe, is best remembered for the jungle book and for wining the noble prize

if you did not receive this poem on a fake parchment skin (קלף עור) for some birthday in the late 70’s. perhaps it is a good time to read it

Kipling is said to have written the poem ‘If’ with Dr Leander Starr Jameson in mind, who led about five-hundred of his countrymen in a failed raid against the Boers, in southern Africa. The ‘Jameson Raid’ was later considered a major factor in starting the Boer War (1899-1902).

a great movie about the boers  war is breaker morant which i think of often in regards to the goldstone report

And on a different subject, here’s a demonstration of the power of your own brain, which makes a jumbled use of Rudyard Kipling’s inspirational poem ‘If’.

‘if’ by rudyard kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

from businessballs:

Rudyard Kipling’s (1865-1936) inspirational poem ‘If’ first appeared in his collection ‘Rewards and Fairies’ in 1909.

‘If’ is perhaps even more relevant today than when Kipling wrote it, as an ethos and a personal philosophy. Lines from Kipling’s ‘If’ appear over the player’s entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court – a poignant reflection of the poem’s timeless and inspiring quality.

The beauty and elegance of ‘If’ contrasts starkly with Rudyard Kipling’s largely tragic and unhappy life. He was starved of love and attention and sent away by his parents; beaten and abused by his foster mother; and a failure at a public school which sought to develop qualities that were completely alien to Kipling. In later life the deaths of two of his children also affected Kipling deeply.

Rudyard Kipling achieved fame quickly, based initially on his first stories and poems written in India (he returned there after College), and his great popularity with the British public continued despite subsequent critical reaction to some of his more conservative work, and critical opinion in later years that his poetry was superficial and lacking in depth of meaning.

Significantly, Kipling turned down many honors offered to him including a knighthood, Poet Laureate and the Order of Merit, but in 1907 he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kipling’s wide popular appeal survives through other works, notably The Jungle Book (1894) the novel, Kim (1901), and Just So Stories (1902).

what kind of an organization do you (want to) work for?

February 17, 2010

met a good friend yesterday, roni

she told me most companies or organizations you work for you have to lie

you lie

  • to your customer
  • to your boss
  • to your self

or any combination of the above

this is most organizations.

the beauty in being an entrepreneur of a start-up, (or a VC – but let’s not kid ourselves, mainly the founders)  is that you can bring into life, or create, organizations that do not have this deceit built into their DNA

priceless

frictionless

what a joy

all you need is love

January 23, 2010

some nice thoughts for the weekend:

what does love look like?

try this

what does it sound like?

nice job, red and starbucks.

mission of hope, a story of life and death

January 20, 2010

i am proud of the israeli hospital in haiti

our humanitarian efforts in Haiti are remarkable because

Gubilande Jean Michel holds her son at the IDF hospital in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. He was born there, a month early but healthy, and she has named him Israel.

Jean Michel Gubilande holds her son at the IDF hospital in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. He was born there, a month early but healthy, and she has named him Israel.

  • we live half a world away
  • our efforts are done full-heartedly
  • the results are meaningful
  • the response was quick
  • at the time, the American medical efforts in Haiti are still in planning phases and not operational
  • for once, our disproportionate response is positive
  • and, it is still difficult to find stories of how israel is to be blamed for the earthquake

makes you wonder, when will we help the people 80 km south of here?

for some remarkable stories, perhaps the best i have seen related to israel in a long time:

interview with a brother of a man rescued after 4 days.

even sky news has something nice to say about this.

abc doctor trying to help a pregnant woman and another miracle of birth

and a short, but telling CNN piece, really worth watching:

want to help haiti?

January 15, 2010

terrible news from haiti

already one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere

with a history of political mismanagement.

as many as 3million people may be affected by the earthquake

want to help?

here is a cool way:

quick to market

think of how flexible senior management at this organization were to act

perhaps because they are well aware of their values

knowing your values helps in decision making

what decision can we make to make our organization help?

to see the earthquake on tape, take a look here

sometimes, the earth is cruel

the 11th commendment?

January 15, 2010

went out tonight with  some friends. a couple.

to manta ray. good place!

every time i go there i have a feeling i need to go there more often.

why?

  • good food,
  • good atmosphere,
  • good location.

on the way there we spoke about the 10 commendments.

if you could add an 11th, what would it be?

please leave comments,  i am interested in hearing.

we agreed that a great candidate is:

‘Do not do to others what you would not like to be done to you’

by the way, this is not only wisdom of judism, but many culture and is know as ‘the golden rule’

the golden rule has 2 versions, positive and negative. the negative one, of which this is an example, is called the silver rule.

for a treatment of the the ethic of reciprocity, click here

The Sage Hillel, an elder contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, formulated a negative form of the golden rule. When asked to sum up the entire Torah concisely, he answered:

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.
Talmud, Shabbat 31a, the “Great Principle”