Friday, August 22, 2008

To Live or NOT to live (that is the question)

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading a book entitled The Last Lecture by Randy Pauch. Like Many books whose authors attempt to relay positive, motivating advice, The Last Lecture was written by a gentleman who unfortunately had 3-6 months to live after discovering his cancer had resurfaced. Mr. Pauch’s last lecture was a very interesting and inspiring story. I would encourage anyone to read this book and also to envision a lecture of their own. Take time to asses what you would like your legacy to reflect. Often times in life the human race (or at least those who reside within the United States) loose sight of what’s really important and become consumed with bills, problems, and stress. Often times humans fall victim to letting challenges in life (rather successful or unsuccessful) define who they are as an individual. This is done unconsciously and most times without purpose or attempt. A wise woman once told me, “Life is not truly valued until its possession is threatened.” Why is that? Why does it take a loved one dying, becoming ill or getting hurt before family members will truly come together and value each other? Or experiencing an abundance of multi-injustice before human beings will come together as ONE for a common cause. Why do so many people feel lonely in a country of over 1 billion and in a world of over 5 billion? Take the time to be happy and start evaluating your own life and the relationships within it. Develop a “What’s the worse that can happen plan” and attempt all your dreams and goals from that point on. Also find peace in knowing mistakes ARE going to happen. It’s inevitable. However choose to look at life as an on going project in which results will vary. If the result is bad, CHANGE IT, or continue the process until you receive a different result. Always remember persistence until success equals a blessing and luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. Humans never fail, we just produce results. It’s up to the individual to decide what that result will be. Do NOT wait for circumstances or things to make you happy. Happiness is a choice not a destination. Decide to be happy, healthy and prosperous starting today, continuing tomorrow and lasting forever.

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