Thoughtful Thursdays

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s Thursday.  The week’s almost over…but not quite.  Why not take some time to reflect?

Especially today, as 2010 draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of things.

Here’s a little food for thought:  Almost 20 years ago, legendary football coach Jim Valvano was awarded the first-ever Arthur Ashe award for courage.  In the final few weeks of his life, he accepted the award and gave the following speech.

Here’s the most-remembered passage:

But, I can’t help it. Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life      and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me. As Dick said, I’m a very emotional and passionate man. I can’t help it. That’s being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. It comes with the territory. We hug, we kiss, we love. When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it’s the same thing. 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. 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.

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