The Quotable

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Quick story as how this post came to be. I had breakfast with my friend, Tricia, yesterday, and she was sharing her experience this semester following a hospice nurse and how this video was part of her death and dying class. Ron wanted to order a book so we stopped at Borders on the way to Neil's birthday party. When I walked through the door, Randy's book was IN MY FACE. You all know how I feel about miracles. This was no accident, and before we got to the other side of Evansville I was completely engrossed in his book.

This is an incredible story by an incredible man. The book is much like this video. But both (yes, I read the book before I watched this)gave me, again, model of great humility in the way of dying. My friend, Margaret, did much the same. She continued to "live" in the light of her dying.

May God give me the strength to carry myself in life as they LIVED their life in dying. Please read the book too. Thank you, Tricia!!! This is remarkable!!! You may not want to or have the time to listen to the entire lecture, but please give it a try! It's worth every minute!!


Thanks be to God!!!


  1. I am glad you enjoyed it so much! I was truly moved in class. I like using video-I think it adds a new aspect to what is being taught. It's ok that we both posted it--you know great minds think alike.(lol)

  2. I have read him before and have read a short excerpt in the Reader's Digest. He truly is an inspiring man. Thanks for sharing this Cathy.

  3. I have seen this before and it is very inspiring. I try to live each day as if it were my last, but then my human nature sets in and I blow it. Thanks for sharing this and have a beautiful day!

    Awesome God

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog... and no, as far as I know my Dad has no relation to Steve Martin. ;)

    I love the photograph of the cathedral on your sidebar... I just finished reading Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and have developed a new fascination for them!

  5. I will have to try and get this inspirational man's book! He is amazing! But what he teaches is what the Good book Teaches..Live for the present moment as if it were your last:).

    Thanks Cathy:) I didnt know he had written a book.

    Peace, JOY & Love to you:)

    Marie xooxoxox

  6. Oh, Cathy, this was so very, very touching to me, too. He puts things in a perspective we all need to see from. I feel like I need to keep pulling this out to remind myself ever so often. Don't you love it when God sends us reading material he wants us to have like that? He knows what we need!


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