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    Senior Member Ted Shih's Avatar
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    First, I want to say thank you to everyone who called, texted, wrote, posted, or sent me private messages about Dicca. It was very touching to me and my wife, Stephanie.

    Second, many of you asked what you could do. For me and my wife, your thoughts, prayers, and kind words are sufficient. But, I would say to each of you

    FOCUS on the MAJOR
    IGNORE the minor

    I attach a clip of Jimmy Valvano's Speech at the ESPY Awards (he died shortly afterwards from cancer). Take the time each day to: reflect, laugh, and cry. Never forget to tell and show the ones you love that you love them. Live each day as though it were your last - it just might be. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

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    One thing that has helped me with the laughing side of the equation is my new puppy from Ali and my Kitty, Freeridin Super Bowl Kitty (Kat), who was, of course born on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Here is Kat helping me cover the flowers to protect them from a late snow storm

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    And here is Kat in her first snow - the next day

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    So live each day like it were your last. Reflect, laugh, and cry each day.

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    I have probably watched Jimmy V's speech 10 times. It never gets old.
    Thanks Ted.
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    Thank you for the video.

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    Ted it you ever get a chance read the book the "Last Lecture"
    Gentle in what you do. Firm in how you do it.

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    Great post Ted. I still show that clip to my students at school.
    My condolences on your loss.

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    I watch Jimmy V's ESPY speech every year before the ESPYs (quite honestly never watch the ESPY's) but love the speech. Usually have to watch it a few to actually get through the whole speech as it hit me deep in the feels.

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    Well I certainly got my cry and laughter checked off for today. It certainly gives one pause. Thanks for sharing.
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    Ted -- I agree with Moscowitz about reading The Last Lecture. In fact, it reminded me to read it again.

    Hugs, Glenda

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    Thanks Ted. I know I needed that!
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    Ted, in ten plus years of reading posts here on RTF, I honestly think this is the best post I have ever read. I graduated from High School in '93 and remember watching that speech. My dad passed at a young age in '89 and shortly after the ESPYs that year a good friend of mine died. That speech hits home... Thank you for the reminder.
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