If today were your last day…

Today  has been a weird day.

Fatal shootings led to the death of three people in my hometown, and the gunman is still on the loose. 

Steve Jobs died. 

Protestors are gathering across the country to demonstrate against Wall Street.

And I’m sure in many cities across the US, and countries across the world, there are tragedies happening that will never come to light, and will never get national attention. Tragedies befalling one person, or a whole town, or a whole country.

So how do you get through the day? In other words, why bother?

Because you have the potential to change the way the world works, maybe for one person, maybe for millions. You can be the best parent to your child. You can be the best volunteer at the cat shelter. You can create a movement for sustainable food and educate people. You can start a socially responsible business and make money while doing social good. You can simply be open and kind to those you encounter, and that would be a life worth living.

So I leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs, who in 2005 in his Stanford commencement speech had been diagnosed with cancer just a year before. He hoped to live for several more decades – but he didn’t. What he did do was make every day of those 7 years worth it.

“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 Jobs










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