Monday, September 24, 2007

The Last Lecture

Today I read an article about a professor who gave his "last lecture" to his class at Carnegie Mellon University. Professors actually do this all the time with the intention of getting students to think about what they want to do with their lives. This teacher's speech took on a deeper meaning because he has pancreatic cancer and has been given only a few months to live. Read the article at -

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119024238402033039.html

He said a few things that made me think about my life -

1. "Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things."

2. He encouraged us to be patient with others. "Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you."

3. His last words in his last lecture were simple: "This was for my kids."

The irony of these three statements is that even though they stand alone as profound and thought provoking they can also be intermingled and combined. For example,
~ The person you may have been waiting for could be your kid who often acts like a brick wall.
~ If you wait long enough it is usually your kids who will surprise you, especially if they are currently teenagers.
~ Brick walls don't go away no matter how long you wait.

I'm still thinking about what I would share if it were my last speech(blog). Would it be humorous like,
Always speel check it's the best way to make you look good.
Or
Lifes too short, knit all day.
Or would I try to be profound with -
Capture today with your heart and your smile, and you'll live a long while.
No that sounds funny too.
How about,
"Life's as hard or complicated as you make it",
"All hills can be climbed, one step at a time"
And
"Try to be thankful for everything and everyone".
What would you say?

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