Bishop Alan blogs about two of the Steve Jobs quotes today. They are both worth pondering.
I was only a little aware that Jobs lived his life out in this way … and I guess that is why he has been such an influential creative.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering 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 …
That is a pretty cool challenge and gutsy way to live
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