As I was rushing around this morning, the usual baboon morning radio crew were actually reporting on the impact Steve Jobs has had on our world. Floored by their genuine respect and admiration of this pioneer, I lingered to hear what was being said.
They quoted a section of a commencement speech Steve Jobs delivered at Standford. I stopped what I was doing and listened.
I am not technically savvy. I own a MAC because I liked how it looked. I own an ipod because I like music, but hate the clutter of cds and their cases. I own an ipad because it was a gift to my husband. I don’t own an iphone because my husband is not ready to purchase his new toy so as to pass down his copy to me.
Steve Jobs genius is used in my home daily by my enitre family. There is nothing more brilliant than seeing your five-year old jump from screen to screen with his tiny index finger to play a game on Daddy’s ipad as I struggle to navigate the six remotes to turn on one tv.
We are in a better world becasue of one man’s vision and insight. I thank you, Steve Jobs.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.