According to the dictionary, to empower is “to give power or authority to.”
Don’t empower your past and allow it to control your life today. Don’t empower other people and let them decide what direction your life will take. Empower yourself and take control of your own life.
You can’t live someone else’s expectations in life. It’s a recipe for disaster. – Bear Grylls
I read “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch a few years ago and I loved it. Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnage Mellon. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had a six months to live. Before he died, Randy Pausch gave his last lecture at Carnage Mellon. The advice he gave during the lecture struck a cord with millions of people.
Randy Pausch talked about the importance of family, humility, and working toward your dreams. There is an abundance of good advice in the book, so I decided to read it again.
While reading the book, I found myself thinking about my own personal goals. A few years ago, I finished a PhD program and a huge dream of mine was fulfilled.
However, since then I have floundered a bit. I don’t have another dream or personal goal. I started thinking about what I want to accomplish next in my life. I have a some ideas that I am researching. I will post an update once I get it all straight in my mind and let everyone know what I plan to achieve next in my life.
To me it seems amazing that anything is ever accomplished in the Thaler household. We have a mix of extreme introverts and type B personalities, which makes things interesting.
Common Conversations in the Thaler House:
- Thaler A – Can you do such and such?
- Thaler A (days later) – How come you didn’t get such and such done?
- Thaler B – You were serious about that? I thought it was a suggestion.
- Thaler A – Can you do blah blah tomorrow?
- Thaler B – It depends on what time I wake up?
- Thaler A – What time do you plan on getting up in the morning?
- Thaler B – I don’t know, it depends on how tired I am.
- Thaler A – We need to complete the whatever project today.
- Thaler B – First, I have to lay on the couch and psych myself up for that project.
- Thaler A – Cool, I’ll check back with you in 30 minutes.
- Thaler A – We have to reschedule the such and such appointment. That will make three appointments in one day and I can’t deal with that much human interaction in the same day.
- Thaler B – Agreed, I will reschedule the appointment.
- Thaler A – Cool
The amazing thing is we do actually manage to get things done and take care of all our responsibilities. It’s baffling, but true.
In Matthew 12:22-50, Jesus has a lot to say about character. For example,
- A tree is known by its fruit
- Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Webster defines character as the mental and ethical traits of a person. Those traits could be positive or negative.
Positive character traits that I try to incorporate into my life include:
I don’t always live up to my goal, but I learn from my mistakes and try again.
I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’. (Henry Moore)
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. (Caveat Robert)
I found this book at a thrift store and it was really cheap, so I decided to give it a try. I must admit it was better than I expected.
The book discusses how to create reasonable goals, develop motivation, continue even when motivation is declining, and how to increase your personal happiness.
I give it an A-