Steve Jobs. Life is Short.
I shared this quote on Our Everyday Things Facebook page today, the day Steve Jobs passed away, and I thought I should share it here too.
He was once quoted to have said :
“I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.
“These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.
“But it’s a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light — that it’s going to change everything. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” [Wired, February 1996]
I love how as someone who has introduced wonderfully created gadgets still believes and talks about how Technology makes life easier, but it does not change the fact that everyone of us lives … and dies.
Steve Jobs died at the age of 56, from cancer.
Our Pastor, Rev. Amin Tjung, who blessed our marriage, died from cancer too four years ago. He was still in his early forties.
None of us could ever predict when (or how) our life will end.
Even the physically healthy person can die in an instant.
At times like this I’m reminded of what someone once said to me:
Many worry about how their life will end, when they should actually focus on how their life should be lived!
Question is, how are WE living out our lives so far?
(I personally believe that life will be ‘better lived’ when we know – and are fulfilling – the purpose of our life. And, we can find out the purpose of our life when we go to the Giver of life Himself)