death

All is one, all is one

I am without form, without limit
Beyond space, beyond time
I am in everything, everything is in me
I am the bliss of the universe
Everywhere am I.

~ Ram Kir

A friend of mine was a devout yoga practitioner, and even studied under B.K.S. Iyengar. Right before she passed away, she began to cry tears of joy, and said, “All is one, all is one.”

Two quotes from Daliy Stoic

“No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.” ~ Seneca

“There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself, it will be gone and never return.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Zen: Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. alvin November 10, 2017 - 1:44pm

Zen Wisdom: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

When I saw this just now it reminded me of the quote, “In enlightenment, death has no relevance to one's state of being.”

Tom Petty and The Traveling Wilburys’ “End of the Line”

Whenever I think about Tom Petty, the first things I think of are the song Free Fallin’, and the Wildflowers album. Other great songs are Runnin’ Down a Dream, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, and Learning to Fly. But today I’m thinking of The Traveling Wilburys’ End of the Line:

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive.

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Saturday, August 13, 2005

I sent another email to my friend a little while ago, and as I think about it, this part sums up my feelings at the moment very well:

The weird part about owning a biz is that you can't just leave. Well, you can, but you'd have to forfeit a lot of money, which I don't want to do. So the next step is working out an agreeable exit for me, either with the current partners, or an outside entity who would either want to (a) buy the entire company, (b) buy just my shares, or (c) buy a portion of my shares while the current partners buy the other shares.

Background: 2000 through 2002 alvin July 29, 2017 - 4:19pm

So much happened in our business in the years 2000 through 2002, I could easily write a separate book about everything we did to survive. If the first few years of business were at the “easy” end of the spectrum, these years were way, way over at the “difficult” end. I’m glad to say we survived the dot-com bust, and then survived the bad business environment that followed the events of September 11, 2001. By mid-2002 I considered us fortunate to still have the same fifteen full-time employees. We didn't have to lay anyone off, and nobody left the company.

RIP to several pets

RIP, Tanner.
RIP, Smokey.
RIP, Rusty.

It’s been a rough two weeks in the animal kingdom.

“You died in a hotel in 1984” alvin June 15, 2017 - 9:50pm

I’m laying in bed in my apartment, and there’s a knock at the front door. It’s dark, so as I walk to the front door to see who’s there, I see white light coming in from all sides around the door. “Must be one heck of a light out there,” I think. I open the door, and my wife (who I’m separated from) is standing there, and this white glow is all around her.

I don’t even get a chance to think or say hello, and she says, “You died in a hotel in 1984. Everything since then has been a dream.”

With this, I instantly wake up in my bed. My body is shaking like crazy, but I jump up, look back and think, “I am NOT getting back into that bed tonight.”

As I walk around the apartment debating about whether I should try to sleep on the floor or just go into work at four o’clock in the morning, I remember ... I did spend a lot of time in a hotel in 1984.