The great architect Frank Lloyd Wright was fond of an incident that may have
seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of
his life. The winter he was 9, he went walking across a snow-covered field with
his reserved, no- nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the
field, his uncle stopped him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow,
straight and true as an arrow’s flight, and then young Frank’s tracks
meandering all over the field. “Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from
the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again,” his uncle said. “And see
how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that.”
later the world-famous architect liked to tell how the experience had
contributed to his philosophy in life. “I determined right then,” he’d say with
a twinkle in his eye, “not to miss the things in life that my uncle had
What's it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, Alfie, then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie,
what will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie,
I know there's something much more,
something even non-believers can believe in.
I believe in love, Alfie.
Without true love we just exist, Alfie.
Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie.
When you walk let your heart lead the way
and you'll find love any day,
song from the film “Alfie”. Alfie is a profoundly selfish womaniser. In the
end, though, events force him to confront the effect his behaviour has on
himself and on others.