The Last Lecture

Posted on June 28, 2012


This morning I spent organising the kids library at Hamro Gaun … we were categorising the books into age levels and creating a borrowing system. I don’t think you can ever over-estimate the power of learning and the joy of reading, especially amongst children.

On the wall, in this extremely basic room with world maps and periodic tables, broken toys, parts of puzzles and shelves over-burdened with the weight of hundreds of books, was a print out of “The Last Lecture”, a famous speech by Randy Pausch, an American professor of computer science and a true humanitarian who truly knew how to enjoy life and motivate others to fulfill their dreams.

I loved reading it and thought the words must be the best advice you can possibly give to these amazing children. All are orphans … all extremely poor but at the same time rich with the love, education and opportunities this project is giving them.

Read and relish …


1. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

2. Don’t have negative thoughts of things you can’t control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

3. Don’t over do; keep your limits.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.

5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

6. Dream more while you are awake.

7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

12. Realise that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

13. Smile and laugh more.

14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


15. Call your family often

16. Each day give something good to others.

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.

19. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

20. What other people think of you is none of your business.

21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.


22. Put God first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.

23. God heals everything.

24. Do the right things.

25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

27. The best is yet to come.

28. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.

30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

We finished organising and categorising the books then my brother Roy, labeled all. I looked back as I left the room and tried to absorb all I could see. I hope I remember this morning for years to come. And I hope I remember to put into action the words of “The Last Lecture” …

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