Mission 1701

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.

Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.

—Mike Tyson

Here there dwells an older us – a part of us that was there before we became apes. This is the wolf that we once were. This wolf understands that happiness cannot be found in calculation. It understands that no truly significant relationship can ever be based on a contract. First there is loyalty. And this we must respect through heavens fall. Calculation and contracts always come afterwards – as the simian part of our soul follows on from the lupine.

There are seven days in a week, and “someday” isn’t one of them

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

—Chinese proverb

Emma and I went out to ride our bicycles tonight after the sun, and in that calm uneventful moment of her jumping on and off the sidewalks on her bike and me thinking that she’s pretty decent at it, I realized that this was the evening I’ve been living toward my entire life. It was the evening that validated every single choice I ever made. I thought of every circumstance in the universe across space and time that led to this point. Such a profound, miraculous thing to experience happiness this way, I wish it to all of you.

That’s a clarification I want us both to acknowledge

We don’t love each other more when we deserve it least

That’s a bullshit teenage phrase

We both loved and love each other more when we most desere it

End of story.

Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.

—Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

Dye, who had lead design roles at Kate Spade and Ogilvy & Mather before coming to Apple in 2006, says that most of the designers feel constant low-level anxiety. “I’m scared to death that at some point I’m going to get found out. You know, Tim [Cook] is going to realize the truth about me, which is I’m terrible.”

Every cloud has a silver lining.