From the monthly archives:

July 2008

Everyone is talking about Randy

by lulujane on July 30, 2008

About three or four months ago I downloaded Randy Paush’s Last Lecture. Last night Diane Sawyer did a final show on him, following close on the heels of his passing last week.

I believe that because his story was so dramatic, that he is such a likeable guy and that he had much worth saying, it touched the world deeply, and will continue to do so. Am pondering whether it was his life mission to educate the world, during and after his life (through his speech, writing and the videos/interviews recording parts of his life as he talked about what he believed). I wrote that last sentence as a questioning, when I should have written it as a statement. Although he was intelligent, he was also wise.

I’m having difficulty as I write because I slip back to past tense when my inclination is to write in the present where so much of him is still operating through his teaching.

I am thinking that there are many people who have a lot of wisdom and have a lot to say. I’m glad that Randy Pausch had the time, the articulation, and the resources to share his life and his message so publicly with the world. At the end of his Last Lecture he noted that the speech wasn’t written for the audience, it was written for his children. Lots of us could fall into that category.

Randy seemed to be all about loving, fun, truth and belief in self, always encouraging others to reach for their highest potential.

His life was important and his message(s) far reaching. He is/was a good man and a powerful spiritual teacher.

Linda Iler


The sound of your own name

by lulujane on July 22, 2008

It’s interesting how reading someone else’s material sometimes prompts things from my memory bank. Yesterday this happened to me, and it related to the sound of my given name to my ears.

For years I worked at a prestigious law firm where people addressed each other in a formal/impersonal way as Mr., Miss, or Mrs. After 15 years there, I went on a maternity leave, and following that I changed jobs – this time ending up in an office in an industrial setting.

The first time my boss called me “Linda”it struck a chord in me. The feeling of this moment left its stamp on me. More importantly I was aware of how it felt to be recognized as a ‘person’ – I remember how it felt. It felt more respectful than the depersonalized reference of Mrs. I still remember the event/awareness as significant.

As a busy wife and mother, obviously I needed this, and I am thinking that if I was so affected by it, likely there are others who would benefit from hearing the sound of their own name as well.

This has again reminded me how important the sound of each man/woman’s name is to their ear(s).

Linda Iler