I’ve been there.
You’ve been there.
We’ve all been there.
We’ve been told that we can’t do this or we aren’t talented enough or we should just quit trying and give up. What do we do with that? How do we process this in our mind?
There are many talented people who are at dead end jobs that can’t stand their commutes, bosses or responsibilities…
Many who have given up on their dreams…
Many who are tired…
This video’s for you:
Now, the choice is yours. What are you going to do? Are you going to change? Are you going to start today?
This is your moment! Quit waiting and make it happen!
C.S. Lewis has always been one of my favorite authors. I have read his books for years and they have continually inspired me. From his space aged fiction to his journeys into emotion, inspiration comes with every flip of the page.
Let me share with you a few of my favorites:
“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” From Letters to Malcolm
“We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” From The Abolition of Man
“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” From The Great Divorce
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” From A Grief Observed
“Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” From Mere Christianity
“The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.” From Collected Works of CS Lewis
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” From The Screwtape Letters
“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” From The Four Loves
“A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” From Out of the Silent Planet
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” From Prince Caspian
These are just a few of my favorites. How about you? What is your favorite Lewis quote?
Some people loved him… Some people hated him. No matter what your thoughts were on the man, his life changed the way that many of us live today.
When he spoke, there was a profound wisdom that can be found nestled in his words. He understood much more than gigabytes and computer programming. In fact, if we listen to his words, they have power to change the way that we live.
This short video is filled with wisdom. My favorite line is:
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
We are all going to face tough times. We are all going to face difficulties. It is not these tough times or difficulties that define us… but our response to these things.
Maybe you have faced difficulty recently. Maybe you are facing it right now. I want you to know that, sometimes, losing everything can be the best thing that ever happened to you. Let me leave you with another quote from the video:
“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
Try to picture this difficult moment as a new possibility… a new journey… an incredible opportunity.
Maybe that brick that hit you really just knocked some sense into you.
I say a name and some of you know it and some don’t. The name?
He passed away in 2008, but his words will live on forever.
He was given a terminal diagnosis with “3-6 months of good health left”. And, after this diagnosis, he was given a mic to share his wisdom with the world. His words touched many lives… and they still touch me today. Here is just a small example of his final message to the world.
He was given a gift that many of us don’t have. He had an idea when his life would end. He was counting backwards. Every day was a present that he opened and appreciated.
I want to challenge you this week to live a life of gratefulness. If you were given 3-6 months to live, how would your life change? Don’t wait for the diagnosis. Make the changes today. You will thank me tomorrow.
If you want to read Randy Pausch’s book, “The Last Lecture”, click here.
If you want to see the full message from September 18, 2007, click here.