Tuesday, November 1, 2011

how we live

I was reflecting the other day on some of the things that Steve Jobs had said in the last few years of his life.

I was struck with the thought that most people get up and live, and don't think that hard about what they are doing or why.  I think that most people do what they have to do and don't spend a lot of time thinking about it.  These are the folks of whom Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living."

Well, then we start thinking.  We think about what we know, what we value, and what we want to do.  All of that is good.  But in thinking about what Jobs was saying and living out, I thought about all of the people that have invested in me, in you, in us.

Are we capitalizing on what they have given us?  What would happen if we got up every day and tried to remember the thoughts, care and other investments that so many have given to us.  Now, I am not simply running on auto pilot, I am thinking hard about what my father has given to me, what my boss has given to me and what other great people around me have tried to teach me.  I am not simply thinking as I think, but I am consciously remembering what others have given to me and I realize that I am carrying many gifts from others with me.

Somehow, with this thought, I feel brighter, calmer, even rich.  May I make my father, my boss and everyone else that has invested in me, proud.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

His last words were "OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW" I wonder what he saw.