Professor Randy Pausch passed away last Friday (July 25th), losing the battle with cancer that led to his Last Lecture video and book. [You can see that video on my blog here] It has always amazed me how people come and go in our lives, some close by and some at a distance. Some stay for a lengthy period of time, others flit in and out of our lives rather quickly. All have something to teach us if we're willing to stop and learn.
Professor Pausch was given an amazing gift to be able to reach so many people with his story. And yes, I did mean to say that he was the one given the gift. And I'm willing to bet he might agree with me. As a teacher I can tell you that teaching is a gift that you share with your students, but you keep a big chunk of that gift for yourself. It's a wonderful thing to be able to go home at the end of a day and say, "Wow! I reached at least one person today!" How it must have felt to reach millions, I can't even imagine.
My sympathies, my prayers, and my thanks go to his family at this time. Especially my thanks for sharing Randy with all of us, even if only for a short time.
But there's one more lesson to be learned. This one is all about time management. And it comes from the man who had so little to waste.