Thursday, April 10, 2008

Your Last Lecture

How many of you read in the Sunday, April 6, Parade about Randy Pausch, a professor who is dying of pancreatic cancer? There was also a special about him on Primetime last night that I recorded but haven't watched yet. Some of you may have heard his "last" lecture on the Internet.

In the Parade article, he shares lessons that he wants to leave behind: Always have fun, dream big, ask for what you want, dare to take a risk, look for the best in everybody, make time for what matters, and let kids be themselves. The article was touching, inspiring. I hope you'll take a look at it if you can.

But what about you? What if you knew you had a terminal disease? What would be some of the things you've learned in life that you would want to share with your children? Would you share some of those nuggets of wisdom with us?



  1. Wow that's a tough one!

    1) Don't sweat the small stuff. It has a way of sorting itself out :)
    2) Go for your dreams no matter how crazy or downright impossible they may seem.
    3) Trust God above anyone else. He's the only one who will never let you down.
    4) Never forget that people/relationships are more important than things.
    5) Do something that scares you. As often as possible.

  2. On the sail of a miniature model ship, given to me by my wife, are penned the words...

    The man who walks with God always gets to his destination.

  3. Great truths, Kara and Ed. Thanks for sharing!

    Kara, I especially got a kick out or your #5. That's something I've never thought about before. I guess I need to try it! (I'm such a chicken.) However, I still won't try sky diving. LOL


  4. I saw that article and it has made me think. I've wondered what would happen to my writing. What if this were the last time I were able to write? How would I write then? Would it be full of emotion? Would it propel me to push harder, dig deeper?
    Time to implement!

  5. I really wanted to see this special, too, Missy. Had the DVR all set up and everything. Then our obsessed local weatherpersons decided to preempt ALL prime-time programming that evening because of storms. Now they say it will be broadcast tomorrow.

    Not sure I'm wise enough yet to pass on any nuggets. I like Kara's. And Ed's is a great reminder, too. I do think it's important to remember that life is a journey. We need to live it one day at a time and find joy in those moments. If I'd do more of that, especially where my writing is concerned, maybe I'd be a more satisfied person.

  6. one thing i am learning is choice your battles. my mother is getting older with memory loss and other issues i am finding i need to bite my tongue on some things and pick the issues to make a stand on.

  7. I had cancer surgery a little over 5 yrs. ago. The doctor told me that I had a 30% chance of not making it. I made a tape to my children of the things I wanted to teach them in case I wasn't here to do it myself. Obviously I made it:-) But on that tape, I told of my belief in Christ, of my love for each person in my family and my hopes and dreams for them, and in case anyone worried, I told of my forgiveness for them. Then I read the Tea Cup Prayer. I think people forget that God already knows our hearts. Prayer is about us getting to know God's heart and acknowledging that He alone is in control. The Tea Cup Prayer suggest that instead of words, you place pictures (mentally) in the steam that rises toward heaven. All your worries, needs, joys, people...Just close your eyes and imagine them lifting up to the throne of God. What's it mean? That when life is too confusing, rough, hurtful, or profound you can lift your heart and prayers to heaven. You will be understood. No prayer has to be said out loud. It can be in the silence of your heart. And sometimes, there just aren't words.