“Remembering that 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.” Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement address (2005-06-12)
I was sad to learn last week that Steve Jobs passed away after battling pancreatic cancer for many years. He was a man that was a visionary and never stopped thinking. I think what he said at Stanford University is an important message. If we all lived our lives knowing that the end is coming…it may be far away and it may be soon…what would be important to us? Those little things that stress us out on a daily basis would we let them take over? I am learning to live life day to day and I try to bless the lives of those I encounter. I am learning to let go of the worries and live life joyfully .
What is your legacy that you want to leave behind? Have you started writing down your thoughts? If you live in the Palm Springs area I invite you to participate in my workshops or if you live far away my Complete Memoir Workbook will help you write “your story.” You can order the workbook at my website.