It was a shame I didn't get to meet Nora Ephron as part of the Philadelphia Speakers' Series a few years ago, as she was double booked in the city and decided to cancel that appearance. I've been an admirer of her work in Bewitched, Sleepless in Seattle, Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia, etc.
I came across this video of her speech at Meryl Streep's AFI special. Streep is probably my favorite actor for this ability she has to drive action without chest thumping.
Now I wish that when I'm having a hard day I could call Meryl Streep, too. She's so good people don't really notice. I call her at the end of the day to find out how I did and inevitably it's one of the best days I've ever had.
Here's a link to a recent interiew with NPR where Ephron talks about I Remember Nothing (Amazon affiliate link), her new book/collection of stories where she also looks at how people deal with failures in life. The main thing you learn from a failure to her seems to be that it's entirely possible you will have another failure.
Her answer to deal with that? Get over it.
And so we do.
PS: what would your last meal be? Mine, chocolate, red wine, and espresso coffee ;)
[link to YouTube video 2:38]