My First Meme, Letters to My Younger Self: A Lesson From Susie Buffet

May 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm 3 comments

Today, Kivi Leroux Miller at NonProfit Communications participated in a continuing blog posting style called a meme, titled: Meme: Excerpt from a Book on My Desk.

Until today, I did not know what a meme was or is. I’m pretty excited though, now that I know what it is, as I’m always looking for new ways to evolve the style of blog posts. (Another recent favorite is Bamboo Project’s 31 Day Comment Challenge Series. Today is Day 6 of the Challenge.)


A meme is like an internet chain letter, with depth. One blogger posts a topic or call to action, then tags 5-10 other people to follow suite and add to the ‘meme.’ This being my first tag in a meme, I am participating. Plus, I was pretty excited about the book nearest me…

Here is what I am supposed to do:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

It’s titled: What I Know Now, Letters to My Younger Self, written by a collaboration of accomplished and amazing women. Contributers include Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, Ann Curry, Olmypia Dukakis, and many more! This book is great, because women need role models and mentors. This book offers just a glimpse into some of the more important LIFE lessons we learn along our journey.

When I’m finished reading, I plan on writing my own letter to my older self, and store it away to read at a later date. And another letter to my younger self, that I hope to one day pass on to a future daughter. This idea is what I’d like to forward in my version of the meme.

Not wanting to be a complete rule breaker though…this is what I found:

Page 123 was part of the letter Jane Bryant Quinn, author and columnist, writes to herself about parenting and what’s she learned from her kids. But, I preferred to share one of my favorite excerpts from the book instead, written by Susie Buffet, daughter of Warren Buffet, written back to her 17 year old self, about her admiration for her mother.

“Empathy has led her [Susie’s mother] to become extraordinarily accepting of others, but it’s also what makes her comfortable with acting unconventionally…Empathy doesn’t have to lead you to the routes she [mom] will follow, which may be a temptation, given your resemblance to her. The important thing is that it becomes part of your compass, too.”

If you wrote a letter to yourself, how old would you be and what would be your message?

I tag:

Britt Bravo

Cool People Care


Ian Wilker

New Voices of Philanthropy


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Britt Bravo  |  June 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Hi SocialButterly,

    I don’t know if/when I’ll get to this meme, but thanks for tagging me!

  • 2. socialbutterfly4change  |  June 8, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Not a problem at all. =) I had never heard of a ‘meme’ until I was tagged myself. I love reading your blog and all the hard work you do, so I was curious about the types of books you read…as I liked the ones you recommended in your favorite do-good-books post in January, 😉

  • 3. javabeanboy  |  October 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Meme rhymes with gene. It’s an idea that influences reproductive patterns. “All culture is young men flaunting their sexuality”. However we also use it to describe the sexuality or genetic behavior of ideas. Hence the bemoaned term “viral marketing”.


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