Goodbye, Randy Pausch. Thanks for playing all your cards.

Randy Pausch died yesterday.

It was totally an expected event, as he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 47-years-old, and leaves two small children and a loving wife. And it was his incredible gift to them that ended up inspiring the world.

If you have not heard Randy’s gift, you must –you absolutely must— give yourself the gift of watching. The gift was something college professors often called “The Last Lecture,” an old tradition of giving one final speech before retirement. That name took on an entirely new meaning when Randy delivered his on September 19, 2007.

You can watch it right here…

It’s a long view (more than an hour…) in that it’s a real college lecture.

But, trust me, it’s worth it. Sometime today, probably even this morning, it will very likely pass 4 million viewers.

Randy titled this lecture: “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

Here’s the direct link.

Randy’s lecture was turned into a book, called “The Last Lecture.” There’s a great website here.

Near the end of the life, Randy liked to quote one of the lines from the Disney movie, “The Incredibles.” (In fact, the entire family dressed as the Incredibles last Halloween.)

The line is: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

Thank you, Randy, for not giving up, and instead for giving this incredible gift to your family and the world and embodying the true teacher. Thanks for playing every card.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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