You may notice that folks are wearing black today, especially black turtlenecks. This is not just a coincidence, but it is done in memory of Steve Jobs. Most of us know some of his story. We know that Steve was a leader, helping new ideas become more than ideas. We know that he was able to have a vision and bring that vision to reality. We know that our lives have been transformed by him. While you may not own an Apple, ipod, iPad, or iPhone, the idea of personal computers, small devices to carry music, and a host of other ideas are a part of our lives.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to love what you do. Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs
While I will be wearing my black turtleneck, I believe the best way we can honor someone’s memory is to learn from his or her life. When we learn from their example and allow their teaching to influence us, I believe we are paying the greatest honor we can to how they lived. Steve Jobs was many things, including passionate about his work. He loved his work. He also lived his life by his own terms. Who else would always be in a black turtleneck and jeans?
More of us should follow his lead in the way we live our life, and the work we choose to do. We often are doing something because we happened to fall into it rather than chasing our dreams and passions. We work at a job because it pays the bills, rather than because it feeds our souls. Instead of just settling for a way to get by, why not allow ourselves to dream big dreams? God invites us to more than just ordinary. God has made us extraordinary and empowered us to do great things. In this finite period on earth, we are called to treasure life by living it to the fullest. Love what you do and live your life. Your life is a gift from God. How you live it is your gift to God.
- Fans pay tribute to Steve Jobs online and at Apple stores (cnn.com)
- Brand Behind Steve Jobs’ Iconic Turtleneck Sees Sales Boost (newsfeed.time.com)