April 2008

Dear Friends,

Certain things seem to remind us of the fragility of life, as well as what truly matters. I am constantly looking for quotes, people, and circumstances that help me to look beyond the day to day and to ponder matters of real significance. In that vein, I heard about a professor from Carnegie Mellon University who literally had only months to live. What was intriguing to me was that he gave a ‘last lecture’ to his students. The focus of his words concerned what had shaped his life and the central themes that he would urge his students to consider while on their own very unique journeys. While it might sound morbid, it is an interesting exercise to actually ponder our own mortality. The poet John Donne actually kept a human scull on his desk to remind himself of the brevity of life.

Years ago, I heard of an exercise where individuals thought about the things that might be said at their own funerals. How would you and I like to be remembered? All such talk is likely uncomfortable for many of us. But such musings reminds us to ‘number our days’ as the psalmist urged thousands of years ago.

Click the link below to view the professor’s lecture, which was aired on national television. I found it to be pretty amazing.

Live in hope, my friends.




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