In the biography of Steve Jobs there is a story about his 2005 commencement address at Stamford University. There were three stories he shared with the graduates. The one that had the most impact for him and the audience was on how his cancer was the most important experience of his life. In summary, he said once he faced the reality of his death, he became very liberated in his view of life. He understood that all expectations, anxieties, stresses…all the negative emotions most of us give a lot of attention to are dismissed at the moment of death. This awareness gave him an acute understanding of what was really important to him.
Subsequently he led the development of the iPhone and iPad (tablet computing) and these products transformed the technology world. Steve knew he had the talent to make a huge difference int the world and that is his legacy. It is very interesting to note the iPhone was heavily discounted by the technology industry as a product very few would purchase. We know the rest of the story. It is also interesting to look at Steve’s life and say…well did he focus on his health, his family and personal relationships? Really important opportunity here to focus on manifesting your authentic self and not making judgments of others. Personally I work on this all the time.
In the late summer of 2011 when I knew my mom was nearing her physical death and spiritual transition, I began to pay very close attention to the book Home With God by Neil Donald Walsch. I gained an expanded awareness of death and I the guidance that was most valuable for then and remains for me is …once you no longer fear death, you are able to stop fear living.
There Are Many Steve Jobs…
From my point of view Steve Jobs demonstrated what was possible by dismissing the fear of living. Guess what…so did Jesus, Moses, Socrates, Plato, Buddha, Mother Theresa and countless others. Now here is the really cool part: we are intended to demonstrate our authentic self. That is why we chose to show up on this physical plane. What stops us from “being all we can be” ? Our fears stop us…our limiting beliefs stop us. Yes I have them and I know. So I work on them and share with you what I learn. So share with me and tens of thousands of others by commenting on this point.
Remember You Will Die
In Steve’s biography there is a brief story about a military general who when leading his troops through the town following a victory had behind him a soldier repeating “you too will die” reminding him not to be caught up in the glory. That story and what I have shared with you from Steve Job’s commencement address and Home With God have been compelling insights for me.
It Is That Simple…and Yet Very Challenging
So you have an opportunity to agree with this or not. We can go on focusing on what other people think, focusing on what have I done or not done, focusing on what we don’t have or have and we don’t want to lose, focusing on what he/she said or didn’t say or do or what the other thought we have in our mind and intend or don’t …and on an on…you get the picture…Or….. we can focus on what is possible when we dismiss all of that. I remember the book The Five Wishes and it really gets to the point… of all of this. If you are close to your physical death and you have a few minutes to answer the question…what five things would you do different if you had the chance what would they be? Now if you are reading this it is likely you are not close to your death and have the opportunity to do those five things now.
Let me add a little more outrageously spicy sauce to this recipe…if your five things are all about what you want to see or do personally, I ask how does that achieve the purpose for you showing up on this planet. As a personal example, the greatest reward for me is helping others transform from where they are now to where they want to be. Guess what I am doing by writing this!!
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