Wednesday, January 19, 2011

‘The Last Lecture”

Randy Pausch, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book ‘The Last Lecture”, one of the bestsellers in 2007. What a legacy to leave behind… In a letter to his wife and children, he wrote this beautiful "guide to a better life" for them to follow. May you be blessed by his insight.

1. Don't compare your life to others'; you have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control; instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
3. Don't over do; keep your limits
4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
6. Dream more while you are awake.
7. Envy is a waste of time; you already have all you need.
8. Forget issues of the past; don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past, that will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone; don't hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more.
14. You don't have to win every argument; agree to disagree Community.
15. Call your family often.
16. Each day give something good to others.
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
20. What other people think of you is none of your business.
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick; your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

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