My daughter graduated from high school on Friday. One of the speakers shared some inspiring words from the famous Last Lecture by college professor Randy Pausch, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. How timely to remember him this Memorial Day and take his advice to heart: keep slogging away, no matter what!
"Don't complain. Just work harder."
"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough."
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
"Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity."
Wow. What an amazing man. And what pearls of wisdom, not only for the Class of 2011, but for each and every one of us, wherever we may be on life's journey. Thank you, Professor.