“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die.” ~ Ray Bradbury
What you do…matters.
Your voice…resonates in ways you may never know nor ever fully realize.
What you feel in your heart and share with this world…is everlasting.
So, read stories to your little ones…and take much longer walks in the woods…
And when someone comes to bend your ear, listen with all your heart and until they are done…
Set an extra place at dinner time, and for the purposes of ‘just in case’…
And let laughter, silliness, kindness and compassion be at the forefront of all that you create.
But most importantly…
Live your life with endless flourish and a forever sort of impact…
And leave your fingerprints all over the hearts of those that you touch.
“And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn’t crying for him at all, but for all the things he did…He shaped the world. He did things to the world. The world was bankrupted of ten million fine actions the night he passed on.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
This is my most favorite video in this whole wide world—Randy Pausch, Carnegie Melon University Professor, brilliantly witty observationalist and a friend to all who had the pleasure of meeting him. This was his last lecture, and this is his legacy.
It’s a long one, but one that will certainly change your perspective on life and living.
So curl up, grab a glass of wine, settle in and enjoy…I promise, it will be (one of) the most inspirational videos you’ve ever seen.
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Ed: Kate Bartolotta