Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Due to my Istanbul trip my blog was surely not in a blooming state. But before moving on with life/tech. blog entries after such a long time-out, I felt I should fuel my blogging spirit with some inspirational thoughts. Hopefully this inspiration will be transformed to some form of writing energy and freedom of imagination.

We may not be able to reverse time in any sense, yet we can learn to value every moment and embrace the constant change of life. That’s why I wanted to share the famous poem of Samuel Ullman about “Youth” today.


Samuel Ullman – “YOUTH”

 Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

On second thought, my imagination might already be floating free, I am the one who is trapped inside it?!? 



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Does it ever happen to you, that you had to work let’s say on some urgent, routine, daily coding work, but at that time suddenly had the urge to explore some new programming framework, some cool technology… Maybe you already had some plans or maybe you came across that so interesting new “thing” while searching through a forum for that crucial daily work of yours;) Forums do enlighten us, don’t they?!

Well right now, I have to finish some coding tasks with Java, Spring, Hibernate and MySQL; complete unit tests and come up with fast+working customizations. Yet I wish to read, try out some new stuff on Silverlight and refine a somewhat experimental Facebook application that lingers in my head.

So I guess that’s what I have to call a contradiction: I have to do A, however I’m thinking about B and doing something totally different as I’m here writing –U C! Since I’m totally off the track; I could, with my beginner level piano skills, try to bring even that mysterious symphony alive; which plays in my mind whenever I feel the joy of spring:) How do I jump from one irrelevant topic to the other? Seriously, I don’t know.

Shutting down my self-chatting-mechanism for a while, I will turn to the origin of my writing: There’s some coding you need/have to do and that tempting drive to check out that crazy-cool-WOW(!) tech stuff you newly discovered.

The voice of responsibility might tell you to take down notes to “suspend” your enthusiasm for an indefinite time and just go on with your routine work…  But is there a way to capture that vivid image of the plan/experiment/program that you started to picture in your mind? Does any developer’s rough, scribbled down notes resemble the colorful photograph of one’s imagination?

What do you think; does inspiration wait? Can it be postponed and put somewhere in your calendar for a private meeting in the near future?

Does inspiration ever become as alive as at that moment, when you so desperately wished to elaborate on your incredible idea? Or does only a tiny flicker of your idea send an RSVP, so that you eventually cancel your inspirational meeting on the spot?

Welcome back to reality!

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