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Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

In news on March 2, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Here is a video of Randy Pausch, Professor at CMU, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, doctors say, doesn’t have more than a few months to live. After giving a group of his students at CMU a “last lecture” which was downloaded over six million times, Oprah caught wind of it and invited him on her show to deliver that same lecture to her audience.

This man is trying to leave something for his kids to listen to when they grow up. His desire is that they don’t waste their lives and so he tells them things like, “Always tell the truth, apologize when you make mistakes, be patient with others, and live life to the fullest.” He also mentioned that “things” are just things and people are more important so we should not get attached to our stuff. These seem like good things to remind your children. He also included this advice:

“If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself”

and

“If you live properly the dreams will come to you”

But the one that really stuck out to me was this:

“In life, you can choose to complain or you can choose to play the game harder, which is probably going to be more helpful to you in the long-run”

And the reason this caught my hear was because he used the term “long-run”, which is a relative term but given Dr. Pausch’s circumstances this term has particular meaning to it. I’m not looking for comments here, and I would actually prefer if folks did not comment, but I would like to ask you to think about two questions; What does the long-run mean to Dr. Pausch? and, after listening to this lecture, what do you think Dr. Pausch’s hope is in right now? After thinking about these, please apply them to yourself; what does the long-run mean to you and what have you placed your hope in?

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