I am sure many of you have heard of it or have even read it. It is a non fiction book by Randy Pausch, a computer scientist who was dying of cancer. It is his last lecture to the world. I was surprised by how much I loved this book and how much wisdom there is in each chapter. My husband is reading it and enjoying just as much. I think everyone needs to take a moment to read this little book and I especially want my children to read it. It says so many poignant things that we need to know in this life to understand how to make our dreams come true. It takes a look at how to live life by the retrospective view of a dying man.
I have been thinking so much about this topic with my children lately. How do I get them to see what life is truly about amidst their self centered teenage worlds? How do I get them to see the big picture. They are good kids. They get straight A's. However, I want them to want it all. I want them to be charitable, honorable, virtuous, spiritual, humble, etc. I want them to get what I get now after 37 years of retrospect. I know that is impossible but I want them to figure it out early. I want them to see beyond facebook and high school. Life hits them harder and faster than it did when we were kids and I want them to be prepared to handle it all. I will definitely be using some catch phrases in this book to help get my point along in the next few months. Take a moment and read this little book. It is worth your time.
If you have any great book suggestions, leave me a comment.
***A post note - I had a great comment by "Mandy" who has also read this book and unfortunately identifies all too well with it. Please take a moment and read her comment, the first comment to be posted and take a moment to visit her husbands YOU Tube message. This will be our Family Home Evening for tonight. It was very touching and a perfect video for my teenagers. Thanks for sharing, Mandy!