Mom? Dad? Why are you crying?
Very few people really change the world, and do it for the better. Shona and I believe that Steve Jobs did.
So we had to explain ourselves this morning to our #1 son when he found us at the table. Say what you will, doesn’t matter. We miss Steve.
Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs on death and life (Steve was a Buddhist)
From his 2005 Commencement Speech, Stanford University…
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…
… continue reading Steve’s commencement speech: Goodbye Steve… and thank you