CHARLOTTE, NC: Recently, I had an e-mail from a friend who claimed that Steve Jobs, one of the great computer gurus and wizards of our times, became extremely philosophical in his final essay just before he died at the youthful age of 56. It may be his most valuable gift: A series of Life Lessons from a man who had it all, and left it all behind.
It was not so very long ago it common to say, “It must be true because I just heard it on the radio (or television).” In our rapidly changing times, radio, television and, even, print journalism, have yielded their strength to the power of the internet. Each of us has, at one time or another, had an e-mail or received a message that sounds true on the surface, but turns out to be bogus in the end.
When (fake) cyberspace notes go viral
Often these cyberspace notes go viral because so many people desperately want to believe them, even when they are not true. The words are profound, but more to the point, they were written by someone who had more money and notoriety than anyone could imagine in a single lifetime or ten.
Tus the words, if true, become even more poignant.
Perhaps this is just another “phony” story someone else imagined, but whether it is or not, the message is loud and clear. Therefore, in this case, at least, it really doesn’t matter if Jobs wrote them or not because they are a valuable lesson for all of us.
Here are some Life Lesson excerpts from that final essay:
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some other’s eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy.
“At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.
“You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it’s lost – Life.” (emphasis added)
Steve Jobs is gone, dying too young. He cannot spend his riches or enjoy his fame. These powerful words are noteworthy for their truth
“Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down – you go down with it.”
As Steve Jobs realized, life, indeed, is all too short, and there is not enough joy in the world as it exists today. In the West, we have become especially spoiled because most of us have no conception that 2/3rds of the world have a standard of living far beneath our own and goes to bed hungry at night.
“Don’t educate your children to be rich,” writes Jobs. “Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise, you have to eat medicine as your food.”
“The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!”
For those who live their lives daily with debilitating, crippling afflictions, Jobs completed his article with a 25-word sentence that we should all embrace, for it is an elixir of life; words we can all digest without leaving a rancid taste in our mouths.
A Life Lesson for one and all:
Six words. Six cures. Six things to treasure.
“The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.”
Steve Jobs is gone now. He cannot spend his riches or enjoy his fame. He died too young. But whether or not these powerful words are his or the work of someone else, they are noteworthy for their truth.
Life is short. Savor it.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is anaward-winningg television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor isthe founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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