09 October 2011

The Apple Of Our Eyes

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
~Steve Jobs, Co-founder and CEO, Apple, Inc.

Prior to last Wednesday, I thought it was Eve who invented the apple. Of course I'm joking; I hardly believe that an apple, one of my most favorite fruits (Fuji in particular) is at the "core" of woman being "established as subordinate to man, ending Utopian unity between the sexes."

At least Steve Jobs didn't allow one bad apple to destroy a whole bunch of great ideas, which all began in his parents garage at 20 years old. I've researched so much about this man in the last few days all because after returning from taking the apple of my eye to school, I heard the news of the Apple Founders death on the radio just as I was about to turn my car off. My curiosity was piqued so I stayed to listen. If nothing else, I thought I'd be able to impress my extremely technophile son with my knowledge since he can't stand that I won't "get with it," never mind that it costs a lot of money to "get with it." I still refuse to pay the extra $30.00 for the texting "privileges," if that gives you an idea of where I stand in the world of technology. (Whatever happened to Morse code, by the way?)

What captures my attention is good old fashioned wisdom; un"Tweeted," un"Texted," and un"Status Updated." By the end of the 3-5 minute news announcement of Job's death, I was bewitched by the infinite wisdom of this technological genius and bewildered that the two should go hand in hand. (e.g. I can't picture the Dalai Lama hanging out in the Silicon Valley). Okay, so I've been enlightened...again. As the radio played an excerpt from Steve Job's Commencement address delivered to the students at Stanford University, I was blown away and couldn't wait to find out more about this man who was clearly taken from us too soon...as usual with the "good ones."

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." (Steve Job, June 12, 2005. To read the entire speech and/or watch the video, click here http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html )

Being the Apple fanatic that he is, I pulled up the Stanford speech and told my son I wanted to share a little of the man behind his beloved Apple products; as usual, he was anxious to oblige. He, too, was enamored by the humanness behind the gadgets. Then we watched the video of the actual speech together and I watched as my little techno monkey hung onto every single word. It always makes my heart smile when I witness him being influenced by positive and influential role models.

He has been saving his allowance and dog walking money diligently with the hopes of owning an iPad before they become extinct. It's comforting to know that when he does (and he will) acquire his "latest and greatest," that the gadget will have a heartbeat and a constant reminder that anything in life is attainable if you follow your heart.

Steve Jobs
2/24/1955 - 10/5/2011

Stay hungry, stay foolish....indeed!
The Paper Whisperer



Anonymous said...

Very good article blondie as usual !! Cheryl

Anonymous said...

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
So true....how often do we find ourselves wanting to be like someone else, or have something that others have. We already have it all...in ourselves!

It will be interesting to see where Apple goes from here...Steve Jobs was so much a part of that company and how it was run...well, he WAS that company.

Thanks for another great post!!! :)

The Paper Whisperer said...

Thank you, Cheryl (Bruney--for Brunette? haha)Have a beautiful weekend, beautiful girl! Love ya!

The Paper Whisperer said...

Good point Amy, however, I have never wanted to be like someone else as much as I just wanted to be the real me, my authentic self...the one on the other side of the Dogma Schitt. Oh well, better late than never. Some people never even get halfway to where I am today and that makes me sad. But in my journey towards healing, I've learned that I cannot save the world, I can only save myself and share my wisdom. I saw an ad for a new show that had a caption that read, "Betrayal begins from within." Ain't it the truth?!! A thousand ugly words are not who I am or was ever meant to be. My life is beautiful and my "son"shine makes it complete. We are off to the zoo today, but before I go, I'm going to make a stop at the post office to get your cards in the mail. I hope you love them as much as I do. Happy Birthday a couple of days early. Love you, love you, flutter nuffer!

Anonymous said...

Good one honey. Craig

The Paper Whisperer said...

Thank you Sweetie! Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Well written, my friend, well written!



The Paper Whisperer said...

Thank you, Connie!!

Anonymous said...

Another great article my friend! Steve Jobs story was very inspiring. YOU are the best mom and I look forward to Christian enjoying his ipad. Hope things are going well for you. John & I are still working on the road. We have jobs scattered all over the US. I am ALMOST ready to go home and work out of my REAL office.

Miss chatting with you. Call me anytime! Hugs to you and your sonshine. :-D

Love ya !!!


The Paper Whisperer said...

Thank you, Donna!I miss you too, but day job/night job leaves me very little time to play. I was going to call you this weekend because I have an idea I want to run by you. Have a beautiful weekend. Love you LOADS!

Anonymous said...

You are one busy girl and I can relate. Same thing here and that my friend is a good thing! Call me any time. Always enjoy our chats. Hugs to you & sonshine! xoxoxoxo Donna

Anonymous said...

Words of wisdom...thank YOU for being YOU!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Another winner from a big winner. As a coach and parent, we strive to, in some way, influence people to think and perform for themselves. They are trained to win and once they give themselves permission to succeed, magic happens. Over and over again. Mr. Jobs is and always be a winner. Enjoy the mountain fall and as always, LY.

The Paper Whisperer said...

You mean as a "good" parent and a "good" coach, Mr. Oren! Be a dear heart and tell me how to think for mah-self, would ya!! Just kidding. My brain is sooo fried right now that I can't even process what you just wrote. I have been working since 6:00 this morning and just now stopped. As for Mr. Jobs, I wish I'd known who he was whilst still alive. I'm so impressed...so impressed. I just thought of a line from a song by The Band Perry, "Funny when you're dead, people start listenin." Know that song? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJqUN9TClM&ob=av2e
Fall is beautiful...what there is of it. 80 today and snow predicted on Wednesday. hahaha Gotta love it! thank you for always stoppig by sweetie pie. Hugs, R

Anonymous said...

Sometimes song lyrics pop up at just the right time. They are a really good young group and seem to be having fun. LY

blogdawg said...

Love your blogs. steve was a genius, and I'm slowly being turned into an "Apple" kicking and screaming all the way, as you know.

Keep it coming. I learn so much from you.

Love, me