Life according to Steve Jobs
Grazie a Francesco Cataldo il mio intervento su Steve Jobs è disponibile anche in inglese. Ecco il testo.
«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 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».
We want to remember Steve Jobs, dead a few hours ago, with this excerpt taken from his famous speech to the graduates of Stanford University. He –the digital guru, the symbol of innovation, the technology – in front of cancer he compared himself with the most analogic actuality: death. And he took a moral. Laic – at least as he expressed it six years ago – but not without cues for who believes.
We don’t know if Jobs, at the end, has found the most important app, if he has established a connection with God – we, sincerely, hope yes – but his words are worth of our reflection.
Job’s granitic determination leads us to ask ourselves how many Christians face life with the same whip, with the same motivation, the awareness that our days, in this life, are limited; and how many people, on the contrary, are content to call themselves “christians” with their sporadic attendance to Sunday Services or showing in their living room many edifying books.
Who knows if, for us, “Purpose Driven Life” is only one of these book’s titles, or an awareness that strenghtens itself day by day.
Who knows if, facing crisis – or thinking about death – we understand that life has to be faced, not caressed. We can’t be content to survive, but we must employ all of ours resources – both humans and spirituals – to reach a goal.
Perhaps, we haven’t think about it, but we would do it. It would be really sad to realize, at the end of a calm and relaxed life, full of certainties and good habits, that we had never lived the life God wanted for us.
(traduzione a cura di Edoardo Taliento)