lenten journal: laugh, think, cry


This morning I watched the ESPN documentary on Jim Valvano and the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion team from North Carolina State. For those of you who don’t know, NC State was the longest of long shots that year and Valvano’s life was cut short by cancer. Part of the documentary included his acceptance speech upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 1993. You can find the full speech here. Early on, he tells the crowd the three things everyone should do everyday are to laugh, think (do something to work your mind), and find something that moves you to tears.

Think about it: if you laugh and you think and you cry, that’s a full day. Do that seven days a week and you’re going to have something special.

Not a bad agenda for tomorrow.


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