Tyler is doing Great!
Great Blood Counts! Great Scans! Great Results!
Now how is that for going into the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Do not wait for Thanksgiving. Give thanks right now for your children. Give them a hug. Tell them you love them. Do not waste the opportunity.
Miles Levin tells the story of going to the driving range, and watching the golfers. He was amazed how many shots they wasted, as long as their basket of balls was full. But then he could identify the ones who were getting low. He could see them taking their time, focusing on the reason they were there. He watched, and wondered why we take things for granted when we believe we have them in abundance. Too often we place no value on anything until we are about to run out. At 16, he had just been told his chances of survival were less than 20%.
"Live everyday shooting as if it's your last shot."
None of us knows how many balls are in our basket. No one knows have many days we have left on this earth. But I do know I have been given this day. I also know of many very young people who were not given this day. Brett, Rob, AJay, Chase, Brendan, Christian, Issac, Cameron, and Miles. And so many more who were not given this day. I can not change that. I wish I could, but I can not. What I can do is to make sure day given me is not wasted. Live this day for a purpose. Do not waste it, or take it for granted. As in the last words of Tom Hanks in the movie "Saving Private Ryan", speaking to Ryan, "Earn this."
As we move into the Thanksgiving week, please give thanks for your children. And please remember those who have lost theirs. And as you lay your head down each night this week, think about the day that is about to end. And then ask yourself, "Did I earn this?"
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time.
And though you want to last forever,
You know you never will,
You know you never will,
And the good-bye makes the journey harder still.
It's the journey that matters-mine and yours-the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave, and the world we can change for the better.
To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.
- - Jim Valvano, NCAA Coach, ESPY award acceptance speech, 2 months before his death from cancer
In the coming world, they will not ask me, "Why were you not Moses?". They will ask me "Why were you not Zusga?
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.