I Hope (Quote)

I find I am excited, so excited I can hardly hold the pencil in my trembling hand. I think it is the excitement that only a free man can feel, a free man starting a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.

I hope Andy is down there.

I hope I can make it across the border.

I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.

I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.

I hope.

– Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

“Who’s the Artist Today?”

Motivational speaker and author Steve Chandler wrote about a “day-painting”—course taught by Dennis Deaton in his book 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever.


He used blank canvas as a metaphor for a new day. Think everyone as an artist and at the end of the day what one accomplishes is like the painting the artist painted. Does an artist allow other people to splatter on his canvas? Of course not. But in reality we do exactly that every day. We talk to whoever calls, flood our mind with internet gossip, the latest murder trial, air disaster or whatever negative news on TV. At the end of the day, we leave a mess on the canvas.

Is this what we really wanted? No. There’s another way. That is to choose what you’ll do, like choosing the color to paint the canvas. We cannot control other people or circumstances, but we can control ourselves.

So at the starting of every day, the question one should answer is-“Who’s the artist today?”

Ask Einstein a Question… And Get an Answer Too

Do you know that you could ask Einstein a question and get an answer?Albert_Einstein_Head

Hmm… Einstein passed away 60 years ago. How could he possibly answer my question now?

Well, if you study everything about Einstein, understand his theories, works, speeches, letters, and conversations with colleagues, with friends and with family members, you’ll have an idea his opinions about many things. You could think what he would answer. This is how he could answer a question today.

Just like building a simulation model and use it to predict things you don’t have an answer yet.

If you study Einstein, you’d learn that he answered many questions in his life time. Many answers already existed, just that you did not know yet before you studied him. The more you know about Einstein, the more accurate your simulation model will be. And the answer will be more like Einstein’s.

Would it matter since this is not a real answer from Einstein? Not at all. This is the answer you could get from the real Einstein, but at the present time.

If he were still alive today, how would Einstein answer the same question? No one knows. Einstein may have the same views to the universe as he had in 1955. His views might as well have changed totally. It’s irrelevant.

So even today, you could asked Einstein a question and get a very good answer.

For that matter, you could ask a question of anyone in history, be it Confucius, Aristotle, Newton or any other wise man.