Visionary Steve Jobs Dies

Facebook held a memorial service for a man named Steve Jobs last night and thousands of us showed up.  Computer screens flickered as fingers danced over keyboards; some of us easily found the text for the commencement address that Jobs gave to Stanford as we mourned his loss and snippets of it began to appear on our news feeds.

All of our lives changed because of one man’s vision.  What an astounding legacy he has left behind.

In a world where humanity oftentimes struggles to find what’s good and where we may question our individual abilities to make a positive difference; to be heard above the cacophony of too much information coming at us,  the life this man lived, the creative genius that he spilled onto the world’s playing field will reverberate for years to come.

I like to think that better than all of the technical marvels he created,  Job’s true legacy became what he said:

“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.”
~ Steve Jobs
Standing in my back yard at 4:30AM this morning,  looking up at the glittering pin points of stars hung low in the sky,  while keeping an eye on my dogs as they sniffed the ground looking for that perfect spot to pee,  I felt enormous gratitude for Job’s poignant reminder not to waste time.  [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]

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