Thursday, October 06, 2011

Thank You, Steve Jobs

Life has no favorites, and that's evident by the untimely death of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple. Our heroes are taken first.

He is quoted as having said, "Life is an intelligent thing, that things aren't random."  The older I get, the more I agree.  Scores are evened, sooner or later.  After all these years, I now comfortably trust and rely on the Force that vigilantly tends to business, night and day, while we are preoccupied with our personal dramas.

Jobs struggled with difficult situations, like we all do.  But, he said, "I'd rather quit than change my core values."    Wow, that's a zinger!  Once we let go, or even just ease up, on our morals and our standards, we lose integrity and compromise our earthly mission. Maybe that's what America has done over the past twenty-five years.  We've loosened the reins, and the horses now are running wild, completely out of our control.  The generations before us knew that pleasure came after everything else was done.  It's sad to say, but that core value is being sorely compromised.  For America to be mired in the mess it's in right now, it's glaringly obvious that we have done something mighty backward.  I think all of us wish for a big eraser that would clean the slate and let us start over....with the core values our ancestors embraced.  

Jobs felt "We're here to put a dent in the Universe."  To leave our fingerprint.  We don't need to aspire to heights like he did.  All we need do is sprinkle and toss casual kindnesses to those we know and those we don't.

Steve's life taught him that "the most important decisions you make are not the things you do, but the things you decide not to do."  His lifestyle was simple.  "He just didn't believe in having a lot of things around, but he was incredibly careful in what he selected."  Restraint.  "It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important."

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for the dent you made in our world.  You have left us with your honorable principles.  By following your core values, you created a venue for learning that wraps around the world and brings us all closer together.