Yesterday while I was in the middle of my quilting frenzy I turned Oprah on. I don't normally watch her show unless something of interest is scheduled, and yesterday was one of those days. She had a guest, Dr. Randy Pausch a college professor who shared the last lecture with the audience that he had shared with his class. The gentleman is dying of pancreatic cancer and has been given only several months to live.
I was immediately drawn into his lecture because he had a very enthusiastic outlook on living. Essentially he had prepared this speech not for the millions that would see it but rather for his children when they are old enough to understand it. At this point, he is still strong and feels really well. He came with his ultrasound pictures which certainly leave no doubt as to the validity of his condition.
As I expected he encouraged living life to the fullest, every moment of every day. Don't assume you will have years and years to fulfill all your dreams.
Oprah asked him interesting questions and really the interview was fascinating.
Now, maybe I was concentrating on my quiltin' a little more than I realized but the question I expected her to ask never came. Please if you saw the show and I missed it, correct me.
I would think that Oprah would have asked about what his plans were for after that? He spoke so freely about his dying but I never once heard anything about his plans and dreams and hopes for eternity.
It seemed so sad to me that all his efforts and energy are for the next few months and certainly his zest and passion for a life well lived are important. I wanted to call in and say .. .and then?
I had a conversation recently with a friend about how I would be if I was in that situation. You already know I'm a processor of my thoughts. I know would be talking just as much about what would happen to me after those few months were completed as the present.
When I look up at the sky . . . I see my future. As sure as the fact is that someday I will die I am equally as sure that someday I will live. Really live.
The bible says in the book of John chapter 3 and verse 16 . .. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone that believes in him will not perish but have ever lasting life."
You know what? That just gives me goosebumps. Seriously, we can talk willy nilly about this earth but someday I'm leaving it, and I'm glad there is a plan for what happens after that. I sure hope you do to.
Okay, I'm off to work in my flowerbeds one more time before the frost hits. The sun is shining and I'm liking the idea of adding a few squint lines to my smile lines.
Have a great day my friends.
PS . .at noon, still thinking about this and I just can't figure it out . . .really . ..wouldn't everyone think about the later part? What do we have to lose by planning for that part?
Okay, got to go check my quesadilla . .