Don't know if you watched this special the other night, but it was very thought provoking. It was called "The Last Lecture" and was about Randy Pausch who is a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He gave a "last speech" and has written a book with the question, "What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"
I am going to mention his umbrella topics and suggestions here:
1.) "Always have fun."
2.) "Dream big."
3.) "Ask for what you want."
4.) "Dare to take a risk."
5.) "Look for the best in everybody."
6.) "Make time for what matters."
7.) "Let kids be themselves."
I am thinking of posting these somewhere near to my easel and thinking about them daily. Can you imagine what a better place this world would be if each of us believed in and practiced some of his suggestions?
As a retired educator, I especially focus on the last one. I remember many, many parents who had extreme dreams for their children, so extreme that I could see that their lives were driven by these expectations. Some wanted 'such good' to happen and many would "live their own lives - through their kids successes". As Pausch says, "My job is to help my kids foster a joy for life and develop the tools to fulfill their own wishes." Don't forget that - it creates a better pathway for your children! Anyway, it was a moving Diane Sawyer special.
I am working on a landscape in pastel. Gotta get out to the studio. The wind may blow me away on my way there...