Monday, June 23, 2008

Call to Action (Thanks, Dr. Pausch!)

In Randy Pausch's fabulous Last Lecture, he mentions the "best piece of advice pound-for-pound that I have ever heard."
And I think all young ladies should hear this. Syl said, it took me a long time but I’ve finally figured it out. When it comes to men that are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do. It’s that simple. It’s that easy. And I thought back to my bachelor days and I said, damn.
Damn indeed. I wish someone had told me that in college.

That line--as well as many others--stayed with me. I started to think, y'know, that applies to the women, too. And it certainly applies to parents. And at work. And--woah--politicians!! In fact...

Doesn't that apply to just about everyone? "Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do. "

What if you couldn't say anything? Make an excuse, make a joke, tell a story, apologize. What if all that mattered was what you did? Would the people you care about know that you care about them? Would the people you respect feel your respect?

What if you only thought about something long enough to decide what to do and make a plan of action--and then you let it go 'til you actually did the thing. Would there be a lot more peace and quiet in your head?

Since my head is not a very quiet, peaceful place most of the time, I certainly have a lot of thinking... uh, doing to do.

I've been talking about doing more writing for a long time now. Here's my blog.

What have you done lately?


AJG3 said...

Love the style and feel of it. Looking forward to what is next!
Go get them tiger!

roo said...

Hey there, Suzyn! Congratulations on your blog.

Reminds me of my junior prom theme: "More Than Words" by Extreme.

"What would you say if I took your words away? Then you couldn't make things new, just by saying I love you..."