Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A debut and a time for sharing wisdom

Welcome to my blog, A Tuesday Night Memo, musings about a life filled with music, sport and urban travel. While it is still Tuesday in the Western Hemisphere as I write my first post, I do not plan to limit my blogging to Tuesdays only ~ so, feel free to return to this space often.

As many of you who know me personally or who have gotten to know me through Facebook over the past year realize, I am an avid reader ~ newspapers and periodicals, books and blogs ~ with a "hungry mind" for gaining new insight, knowledge and wisdom. Sometimes, it's found through sport, in music, from politics, on the stage, at a cathedral or, simply, from enjoying a glass of fine wine.

As we are nearly one month into the new new decade, still busy setting personal goals and hoping to make good on New Year's resolutions, I would like to share with you a pearl of wisdom from the late Jim Valvano. You remember him, don't you?

Jimmy V, as he was known to most in the sporting world, coached underdog North Carolina State to a basketball national championship in 1983. The stage for delivering this pearl of wisdom was not a basketball arena, but rather came on a theater stage where Valvano gave an acceptance speech in receiving the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award on March 4, 1993 at the ESPYs ~ a mere 8 weeks before he died of cancer at age 47. His words of wisdom and courage carried a lot of weight back then and now, nearly 17 years later, they maintain a relevance and passion we can all appreciate. I know I do. If you're undecided about what your New Year's resolution should be, maybe this one's for you.

"To me, there are three things we all should do every day," Valvano said. "We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."

Cheers for a safe, healthy and happy 2010!

1 comment:

  1. What a great post! As a Mac alum, I appreciate the reference to the "Hungry Mind," and especially enjoy the quote you chose to end your opening post. Words of wisdom we should all be so lucky to follow every day!