What if?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

How would you spend your last days?

Randy Pausch received just such news a month before giving his infamous Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2007. Randy was able to take his tragic situation and turn it into an inspirational opportunity to sum up his life for his children before passing away this past July.

If you haven't seen The Last Lecture, it's inspiring and definitely worth watching. You can catch it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo.

As Randy said, "Death is a part of life and it's going to happen to all of us. I have the blessing of getting a little bit of advance notice and I am able to optimize my use of time down the home stretch."

The good news for us is that we don't have to wait for a life-altering experience to make a shift in our priorities. We can start today to make the changes we need to live the life we really want.

Take just a few minutes and put yourself in Randy's shoes. Here are a few questions to ponder:

  • What would you change about your life if you knew you had just a few months to live?
  • Would the seemingly important things on your to-do list still be worthwhile?
  • Are the priorities you have today in line with the legacy you want to leave?
  • Do you feel at peace with the important people in your life?
  • What are you grateful for?

Contemplating these questions can definitely give you a change in perspective.

Randy Pausch summed it up as, " We can't change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."

How will you play your hand?

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Christine Kinney, CEG

Declutter for Life Coach

Fresh Strategies, LLC




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