Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07

Jobs Final

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. …

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.

Steve Jobs said this right after his doctors discovered that he had a “curable” cancer instead of an incurable cancer.  However, even with surgery, apparently all the cells were not taken out and he died of cancer anyway.  But, all is not lost at Steve opines.  Death may be a good invention–clearing out the old and making way for the new.  I have contemplated death much in the past.  I’ve reconciled that I will go there and it will be bliss forever more.  What are your thoughts on Death?

Psalm 89:47, Remember how fleeting is my life.    For what futility you have created all humanity!

Life is fleeing quickly.  What are your living for?

James 4:14  New International Version (NIV) 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Such a cogent picture of life.  We are as a vapor–here for a moment and then gone forever.

Steve Jobs’ passing give us so much foot for thought.

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