There's something very special about words of inspiration to help us walk forward with new eyes, and receive advice that resonates in our everyday. Anyone that knows me, knows I can't get enough of this type of thing! And what kind of person would I be to be inspired, and not pass it on to others? So, here you go, the first of my 'inspiration' posts.
I recently went to Jamaica on vacation and read The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. For those of you who aren't familiar with his story, he was a passionate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, with a wife and 3 small children. He was asked to give 'The Last Lecture", a tradition with universities where a professor would give a lecture on what he would talk about if it was his last lecture before death. Before this lecture, Mr. Pausch found out he had pancreatic cancer, and had 3-6 months to live. Needless to say, his Last Lecture was meaningful, touching, inspiring, direct, and has changed many lives (16 million views on YouTube alone), including my own. And well, if it's not enough for me to tell you, Diane Sawyer is a big fan, and Oprah was inspired by it. So,...boom.
Randy Pausch indicated it was too difficult for him to address his children and his wife during the actual lecture, as it was a public forum and he knew he would be emotional. I recommend reading the book first to get the full picture as he explains it with more detail. It's amazing how one man can affect the lives of so many, and remind us all to live in the present. This goes to show that sharing and opening up may just help someone, or perhaps millions.
What better way to get direct advice on how to live life, than from someone that is forced to face his mortality and choses to live each day to the fullest.
"Are you spending time on the right things? Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think".
"A wall is put in front of you to make you realize how much you want it. They are there to stop the people that don't want it bad enough."
"It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's about how you lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you."
How do you spend each day? I hope you enjoy the book!