Oh, Steve. :(

You were the best we ever had.

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. – 2005

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14 Responses to “You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

  1. Gary Satterfield says:

    Steve Jobs was, and continues to be, a giant of modern business creativity and responsibility. His passing marks the end of an extraordinary time in the computing industry, where he was solely responsible for changing the drab beige boxes on people’s desks into beautiful industrial designs, and blazed many trails for others to follow. Where would Windows 7 be were it not for Steve Jobs? Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

    Today, I have Steve to thank for my career: I am an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician. I have always loved Apple and all the products they produce, including the questionable ones. It is Steve Jobs’ vision of computing as simple, intuitive, and engaging, that allowed me to pursue it as a career, and to get away from my training as a journalist, which was stifling and depressing to me.

    I am already hearing the inevitable trite and hateful remarks about Steve’s passing. My hope is that these sadly misinformed people will someday realize the profound impact Steve Jobs made on the everyday world around them. Like him or not, his contributions to everything we see on a daily basis are simply undeniable.

    Good journey, Steve. You will be sorely missed.

    • Thanks for posting this lovely comment, Gary

      • Gary Satterfield says:

        Thank you, Miranda. I find your writing to be inspirational. So few people these days use proper grammar and spelling, and seldom, if ever, string together their rambling thoughts into cohesive passages. I’ve read almost everything you’ve written in your blog, and it behooves me to praise you for the great writing you do. Please keep up your blog! I simply love it!

  2. An excellent quote & if you will allow:

    To readers of the delectitious MCH blog ~ please…

    Check the rules in your country/state regarding organ donation & do whatever is necessary to ensure that, come the day, your organs are harvested

    ** Carry your signed donor card always
    ** Inform your cats, kin & other loved ones of your wishes
    ** Encourage others to do the same
    ** Give blood

    And may that day be far away
    Peace’n’Love

  3. Excellent post!

    Steve Jobs was not everyone’s cup of tea. He could be abrasive, stubborn, and obnoxiously outspoken. But no one could doubt his visionary quality and his determination to make his visions come true. (I fondly remember the NextStep machine.)

    • Oh, definitely. It sounds like he was indeed quite intolerable at times. What bothers me are the people who think that his sometimes abrasive, etc., nature should cancel out everything else that he did (in other words, they refuse to recognize/acknowledge the positive and inspiring aspects of his character that you mentioned). Such people have come out in droves over the last week. And they’re certainly entitled to that opinion, of course. But, seriously, timing is important here, you know? I find it strange that so many people don’t seem to understand that. Perhaps they could hold off for a week or two. Geez.

  4. Mike Reid says:

    I have always admired Steve Jobs. In spite of his personal faults, he was a truly great man and a visionary. He democratized technology. I feel sad as I write this — on my Macintosh.

    • Excellent point about democratizing technology. He also eliminated (for the most part) the need to choose between form and function. Apple products are both lovely and extremely functional, as any of us who use them know.

  5. Simply, “Thank you.”

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