I found this talk on Ted today - actually came across it through a link from Michael Bungay Stainer.

I guess the thing that struck me was how 'un'motivating it was.
I mean - your hope is now to make something of this burnt stuff?
I agree that in some ways there is incredible beauty in the burnt stuff - real beauty, of a certain kind.
But not once in 4 minutes did he talk about something bigger than stuff.
Not once that I noticed.

I hope that if my family survives a horrible fire and 9 days later I get the chance to talk about it on TED, that I use my 4 minutes to share with people that there is something greater in life than stuff, something greater than what I can salvage.

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