David Postic – unraveling the mysteries of life, 500 words at a time

These are David Postic’s good things.

Good things to read.

Deep River by Shusaku Endo. It is an extraordinary book about the search for religion/meaning, told through the perspectives of several different people. A short read but overall one of the more compelling books I have read of late.

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. I’ve read this one 4 or 5 times before, but each time it offers me new insight and advice for my life. This time I am reading it for a discussion group I moderate at my university. In my mind, everyone who wants to make something of themselves should read this book.

One Billion Hungry by Gordon Conway. Every once in a while I like to take a step outside my normal area of expertise and read about something totally different. This time that “something” is the crisis of extreme hunger in the world. Although I have to constantly research ideas Conway presents, it has been illuminating to read about the subject and has stirred within me a passion to do something (and the knowledge than I can, in fact, make a difference).

Good things to watch.

Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” I got a chance to meet Sir Ken last fall and he spoke to me (in reference to my struggle with figuring out what to do with my life) about the importance of finding something I am passionate about, something he elaborates on in his book “The Element” (which is another good book to read). His famous TED Talk ignited within me a passion for education, and I owe to him (in large part) my style of speech construction.

Zeitgeist 2012: Year in Review. Every year I always think it is useful to take a moment and consider the accomplishments, shortcomings, and growth of the previous year. Of course, it always helps when that review is put to some inspirational music.

Lincoln. I love history, especially presidential history. I also love movies. All of that put together, and Lincoln is one of my favorite movies ever. Everything about it is perfect.

Good things to use.

Golf clubs. I try to golf as often as I can. I find it very soothing and, in many way, relative to life. (Something I learned from “The Nine Lessons” by Kevin Milne)

Frying pan. I cook mostly every day. Not only is in a nice time to stop and think, but I’ve found that food always tastes better when you have to work for it.

A pen. Over the past year, writing has become one of the great joys of my life. Sometimes I don’t know how I’m feeling until I put pen to paper and spill my thoughts out. More than anything it’s therapeutic, and I recommend it daily to everyone.

Bill Clinton – former president

These are Bill Clinton’s favorite things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.  Clinton says “It’s short.”

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald.

Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

High Noon.  “I bet I’ve seen it 25 or 30 times.I liked it because it wasn’t your standard macho western.”

“The only other movie like that in my life that I just see over and over and over again and never get tired of is Casablanca.”

Clinton hasn’t commented on his favorite television shows lately but has said he enjoys these season – which you can catch all of on DVD – Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal and 24.

What are some good things you’ve used?

His iPod.  Some of Clinton’s favorite songs are “Take my Hand, Precious Lord” by Mahalia Jackson and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.  His full list of 20 songs is here.

According to Clinton’s Facebook page he enjoys playing Oh, Hell – a card game “Steven Spielberg taught it to me in the White House days. Close second: Hearts.”