Meet Gordon Hempton
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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. The universe is only half made.—John Muir
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Having to answer questions like this.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. You'll have to ask my friends, but last week, someone said that my laugh was unique. I think they meant wild and unrestrained, which is true.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Limited ability to understand the real question
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I can’t help but think that this question also implies that happiness is more important than anything else, if for no other reason that it is the first question listed in this section. I once read graffiti scratched on a telephone booth that said, “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” That always struck me. It is a choice to be happy, not as a condition of other things, but as a condition of gratitude for life. But I also believe that happiness is over rated and the search for it, rather than the way of it, consumes too much time and energy. I’d much rather do something meaningful rather than simply be happy, but in the end, I guess it often does wind up being the same. How would I describe perfect meaning?—There is a God.
December 19, 2008I live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in a rural location that affords beautiful views of both snow-capped mountains and wilderness beaches, so when I have time off there is always a choice between the two. If it weren’t for my surfing buddy Nick Parry, I would probably divide my free time equally, but every Saturday, religiously, rain or shine (or this time of year snow), we turn on the surfer tunes and make the drive along highway 112 that traces the coast of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
It keeps me sane, hanging out with a true friend like Nick who has heard it all and accepts me no matter what I might say. Our... see more