However, I recently heard some news from a dear friend that has moved me to take it out and dust it off, and now my heart is trumping my head and I want to share it - with the hope it will help and inspire others the way it has helped and inspired me.
Let me start by telling you about Jim Valvano, a legendary college basketball coach at North Carolina State University, who, at the age of 47, died of cancer in the prime of his life and career. He gave a speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards in March. By the end of April he was gone.
Please take a moment to watch this thirty-second clip; it has the potential to change your life.
Jimmy V, who was born in Corona, Queens, told the world that each day we should endeavor to do three things: Laugh. Think. Cry. If you do those three things, he said “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.”
I find that as events overtake us and we occasionally get glimpses of our own mortality, Jim Valvano’s heartfelt counsel rings more true than ever before: Laugh. Think. Cry.
So I had this idea and I’m going to run with it. Social media has been amazing tool that has allowed me to communicate my thoughts, ideas and feelings with thousands of Staten Islanders. While at times that dialogue has proven to be more than a bit trying, in many instances - the truly important ones - it has reminded me how many genuinely good folks there are out there.
So I invite you to join me; let’s see if we can help each other.
Let’s start Laugh, Think, Cry Fridays (LTCF). I will post to #LTCF each week, and anyone inclined can post below it their laugh, think or cry moment of the week. Who knows? It could be cathartic and maybe together we can push back against the minutiae of life that often derails us from appreciating what truly matters. Perhaps it will offer us a measure of solace and support as we each navigate those daunting hurdles life places in front of each of us, or maybe it simply will provide us with a moment’s relief and a smile.
Laugh, Think, Cry Fridays. I kind of like that.