Think about what you would want your last, last words to be

Today’s idea is a quiet one: think about what you would want your last, last words to be…

Sadly this week, Jerry L. Bloemsma, a wonderful, kind and thoughtful person that many of us knew died unexpectedly. I did not know Jerry personally, but I had gotten to know him a little — over conversations at the mail counter. He was always helpful and friendly. His familiar presence at the Bernhard Center will be missed. My deepest sympathy goes out to Jerry’s family.

One of the hardest parts of getting to know and love my associates at this university has been seeing some of them fade away. I remember Mark Perkovic and Thomas Amos. There are so many good people here who have done great things and inspired others.

Last night, one of my favorite blogs shared a video about one professor at Carnegie Mellon University who was diagnosed with cancer and literally was giving his “last lecture”. (video included below) While our mortality is quite humbling, each and every day is truly a wondrous gift, full of opportunity.

Today I am going to think about what my last, last words would be…

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