NFR: What is your last lecture?

April 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm 4 comments

My CW sent me *this* video link about a professor who is dying of pancreatic cancer. He recently appeared on the Oprah show to give his “last lecture” on her stage.

Its 11+ minutes long but I urge you to take the time to watch. Its stories like this that are a constant reminder to me that life is short and how much courage some people have. Suddenly all my problems don’t seem nearly as big and insurmountable. I am not embarrassed to admit that I do not think I could be that brave but it gives me hope.

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
~ Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

What is your last lecture? Think about it.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. beth  |  April 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    ::wiping a tear away::

    Wow, he really has a way of putting life into perspective

  • 2. CB  |  April 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    BETH, I totally sniffled. Definitely puts things in perspective. I started thinking about my childhood dreams again…

  • 3. Vincenzo  |  June 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    How inspiring Randy Pausch is! If you liked “The Last Lecture”, another fantastic memoir I just read and highly recommend is “My Stroke of Insight” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Her TEDTalk video ( has been seen as many times as The Last Lecture I think, and Oprah did 4 shows on her book, so there are a lot of similarities. In My Stroke of Insight, there’s a happy ending though. It’s an incredible story! I hear they’re making it into a movie.

  • 4. CB  |  June 4, 2008 at 6:16 am

    VINCENZO, thanks for the rec. I will definitely have to check it out. I think reading/watching stories like this help mold me into a better person and I realize that much more about myself…


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