Conversations For Transformation
Essays By Laurence Platt
Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard
Laurence Platt 65th Birthday
June 8, 2015
Thank You for
in one form or another, this my 65th birthday with me today.
Things have been going well for me for quite a while now. In the
process I've become acutely aware of how precious time is. I had
coffee with an old
of mine the other day. We were wondering when we had coffee last.
It could have been a week ago - or even a month ago (at least,
that's the way it felt). Then we figured out it was ten years
ago. It shocked me to confront how the pace of time has
picked up. So now 65 years have flashed by. I figure I'm a bit
less than two thirds of the way through my time here with you. It
makes me appreciate every moment with you more, knowing time's
pace is only going to accelerate from now on.
I'm staying fit and healthy not because going to the gym /
is my favorite undertaking. It's because I
to stay in as great a shape as I can to support my
and y'all. Now well into my third bachelorhood, things have
settled into more than I could ever have
ten years ago. My main expression, as you know, is
But if you told me ten years ago there would soon be
one thousand essays and
a million views,
I wouldn't have believed you. Well ... there are now over
a thousand essays,
and I anticipate
the million view
mark will be passed sometime in November / December of this year.
After that, I'll recalibrate.
I think about living on a beach in
keep me fit. But I haven't done anything about it - and the truth
is I may or may not ever do anything about it other than think
about it. It makes me
to live near
(or at least on the same continent), and besides which, I
generate the quality of my life wherever I am - ultimately
can't do that (but Oh! how we dream it can, don't we? ...).
In my younger years, I knew I would live forever. Back then, I
envisioned my tombstone saying "This wasn't supposed to
...". Now I envision it saying "All
gave it all away,
in a better state than I found it.".
of my life, and I have the good fortune to be
surrounded by and to get to play with and to be in
with and to be
by and to
giants - and this includes each of you. I am so blown away by
who you are
- I mean by
who you really
that it completely sustains me and nourishes me. I want for
but you. You are enough for me - and for being the space in the
universe in which I can
I can't thank you enough for your generosity.
Please don't send gifts. I've got everything I need. Instead in
lieu of gifts, I invite you to make a
who do astonishing,
breeding species back from the very brink of extinction then
returning them to their natural habitat in viable numbers.
I don't want to wrap this up with a nice bow and pretty wrapping
paper. I want it to remain a bit rough and full of
which you can fill with your own experience and
What I want to leave you with is my appreciation ... and this
you know I love you -
and I know you love me.