Reflecting to Keep Perspective and Be Thankful
It’s important to take time to reflect on life and what’s important to you. I have to work hard at purposefully taking a breath and thinking about the good and bad in my day. But, pausing and reflecting, turning my attention to how God has drawn me closer to Him or tried to get my attention is so critical to my well-being. It helps keep me from losing perspective and simply doing without purpose. In addition to processing the results of every couple days, I try to take a little time at least once a month to reflect on the bigger picture. I ask myself if I’m happy with the direction I’m going in or if I need to change course? What can I do better? Some of you might think talking to myself is rather odd but I find it essential for keeping perspective, focusing, and creating.
Keeping a Childlike Spirit At All Times
Occasionally I’m confronted with challenges that really rock my sense of security. Randy Pausch is one that reminds me to take more time to be thankful, purposeful, and to live life well. You see, he was diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer and was given several months to live. This husband, father of three young children, and long-time professor at Carnegie Mellon was given an opportunity to lecture in his last months of life. He used this platform as well as things he wanted to tell his children to complete his book, The Last Lecture. Randy displayed how he was able to accomplish childhood dreams and in this pursuit keep a childlike spirit about life. If you knew you were going to die, how would you spend your last few weeks? How would you communicate principles to leave to your children when they come of age? I found Randy’s reflection a celebration of life and enjoyed his retelling of it. I would encourage you also to read Randy Pausch’s, The Last Lecture. I’m sure you’ll find it a challenge to your own status quo and stretch your thinking of how you might celebrate the gifts and opportunities in your life. This can only help you contribute value in your own sphere of influence.
Where Is Faith in Randy’s Story?
My only wish for the book was there was more reference to his faith. He has a few mentions throughout but then at the end discloses that he intentionally left those details out so people of other faiths could glean from his story. Although I admire his desire to share with all audiences, I think that his faith would be foundational in not only confronting death but understanding how he was capable of such a positive outlook on life as was as evidenced in the tone of the book. Ultimately, anyone can learn from the fatherlike principles and take away some great insights from Randy’s last days.