Thursday Thought – Laugh, Think and Cry

Note: Each Thursday I will post a little something to inspire us to finish the week strong. These Thursday Thoughts will be a quote, piece of music, artwork, or inspirational video.  Congratulations, you made it over the hump and let’s finish the week together.

The college basketball championship tournament is well under way here in the United States.  Today we are down to the so-called “Sweet 16” ever closer to a champion, for both men and women in a couple of weeks.

jim-valvano-netSport fans are typically keen on history.  They remember the great moments for their favorite teams and great sport moments in general.  In 1983 North Carolina State won the College Championship for men’s basketball.  They upset several top teams to dramatically win the championship in last second style.

Their victory may be the biggest upset in college basketball history.

A team above all. A belief they can accomplish anything.  And a coach who inspired the absolute best from his players.

That coach, Jim Valvano, died of cancer 10 years later.   Just weeks before his death he gave a wonderful speech that celebrated life to its fullest.  As we sit here 30 years later from that improbable victory for Jim and his team, let’s remember Jim’s words.

Each day do the following: Laugh, Think, and Cry.  That is a full day, a heck of a day.

Jim is also famous for how he ended his speech with simple, powerful words:

Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.

I invite you to watch a few minutes in memory of this terrific coach and leader, Jim Valvano.

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