Out of the Ashes

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Nine days before he was supposed to speak at TED 2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home and office. He lost his archive of 175 films, his 16mm negatives, all his photographs, his books, and his dad’s books. It was all gone in a matter of twenty minutes.

He took time to look at what he had left, and then he made the decision to look forward and to talk about the process in his TED talk. He said he was physically sick when he looked at the devastation. Then he decided to make something out of it. He took the pieces of his life, lying in soot, ashes and immediately began working on another show. It wasn’t easy, but it was necessary. People lose things every day, sales, jobs, opportunities, health, life and loved ones. Grieve the loss, and move on. No matter what the loss there is something more down the path. Find it. Embrace it.


“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins

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