Sunday, October 10, 2010

What legacy are you and I going to leave behind?

I was reading a “Guide to a better life” by Randy Pausch a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Before he died of pancreatic cancer in 2008,  Dr Pausch inspired many people through his highly acclaimed book, “The Last Lecture”.
I was inspired by his love for his family and the fact that he wanted to leave a legacy for his wife and children despite the short time he had left on this earth. His courage was phenomenal!  In spite of his circumstances, he still wanted to motivate others to reach for their dreams. Dr Pausch was an amazing human being. What a legacy to leave behind!
Here are some of the points he mentioned in a Guide on how to improve one’s life:
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 overdo; 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 partners 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.
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.

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything.
24. Do the right things.
25. However good or bad the situation is, it will change.
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
27. The best is yet to come.
28. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.
While practising all of the above, I would like to share this knowledge with all of you so that you in turn will pass this treasured gift onto everyone who crosses your path on a daily basis. This will enrich your life and the lives of all those around you.
What legacy are you and I going to leave behind?

Prayer: Lord, let me leave a legacy behind that is worthy of your praise. Help me to be forever grateful of the precious time I have here on earth and let me live every day as if it were my last. Help me to always live in your light and be a blessing to all who crosses my path. This I pray in your wonderful name. Amen.
Be Blessed,

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