I was first “introduced” to Mr. Pausch while watching the Oprah show in the fall. Simply stated, I stopped folding clothes and my heart sank so deep during that show. Soon after, the emails began to circulate with links to the last lecture on youtube and I watched every link I got and cried even more. I read all the internet articles and was touched every time. When I saw the book was coming out, I jumped on board and knew I had to read it. I never knew how emotional this book would be for me. The day (August 15, 2007) Randy Pausch got the devastating news that his cancer had spread and there was nothing the doctors could do anymore.
I came across this in the book and had to put it down for days. This was just hitting too close to home for me. I finally was able to pick it back up and continue. This book and Mr. Pausch’s stories are so touching and true that we can all find something in there that will help us want to be a better person. We can all find some bit of wisdom that can be carried into our lives. My heart cried so many times reading this, but I laughed several times too! Anyone who has had their life touched by cancer will benefit from the optimism Mr. Pausch has, but it will be a very difficult read just because of the seriousness of the issues at hand. Just the sheer optimism in such a negative world is very up-lifting.
“Are you a Tigger or an Eyore?”
I ran across several quotes from the book that I felt were so important that I needed to use my trusty post it notes to mark them for future reference. Here they are:
Pg. 51- “The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brink walls are there to give us a chance to how how badly we want something.” Mr. Pausch refers to the brick walls so many times, but it is so true!
pg.111- “Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.” This has been a major realization in my life this past year. Take the time to do the things you want and never put them off.
pg. 119- “Luck is indeed where preparation meets opportunity.” This goes back to my old Girl Scout motto “Be prepared.”
pg.148- “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” Glad to know I’ve gotten something! And now it makes sense.
pg.156- “A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.” Wow! If we could all stop taking the shortcuts and work a little harder, could imagine what might happen?!?!
pg.159- “All you have is what you bring with you” This is the chapter title and it sure says a lot.
Having that connection to the past is a tangible reminder not only of what was lost, but of where we come from. And losing a parent before their time makes that connection even more powerful. And so I can’t help but feel glad and happy for Randy Pausch’s children because they will grow up knowing that their dad’s life inspired so many millions of people. I hope that will be a tremendous source of pride for them. They can’t have their dad, but the legacy he left them was the best he had to offer in the short amount of time he was given to work with.
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