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If Looks Could…..Inspire?

My husband is an IT professional, which is why I knew the new Steve Jobs book would find its way into our home. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a glimpse of the cover:

This book cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson. Simon & Schuster/AP Photo

My husband is reading it piecemeal instead of cover-to-cover, which explains why the book can be found on the dining room table, living room couch, den recliner, and of course, bedroom bureau. For days, Steve’s gaze has pierced through me each time I enter a room. No matter where I turn, it’s right there, judging what I’m up to.

Like being stalked, I suppose.

And that’s how the book earned its rightful place on a shelf. With only the spine in view, I can finally consider Steve’s life instead of wondering his thoughts upon analyzing mine.

Anyone would be astonished to consider the technological advances he launched that changed the world forever. As my husband likes to point out, my iPhone is more powerful than what it took to land a man on the moon (and we still can’t figure out so many other things).

Who would have thought that while Steve was developing his technological ideas, he was simultaneously leaving a legacy of incredibly inspiring and motivating quotes that have gone viral upon his passing. Here’s one of my favorites:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘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.”

– Steve Jobs (find this quote and more here )

Doesn’t this make you wonder? ‘Why did I get out of bed this morning? What was my purpose?’

But what I love about this quote is its human element. He’s not saying to be perfect. The best part is ‘…whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row….’ This means that there were days when he had the conversation with his mirror and said, “Nope, it’s not what I would do on the last day of my life. But I’m gonna do it anyway.” It’s as if Steve knew that, as long as he started each morning with that same powerful question, the transformation into a better person would happen eventually.

I have no doubt you are on a quest for a meaningful life as well, since you are someone who understands the singular impact we all can have on the lives of our disadvantaged girls at the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home in Netanya. How profound to be able to wake each morning knowing that you helped nourish a girl who has no parents, providing food for her body and emotional support for her soul. Such a feeling that comes from giving motivates us towards bigger and better things. It’s timeless.

Thank you, Steve, for not only giving us new technological advances but also the encouragement to touch the depths of our human spirit and to be unafraid to share it with others.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? We’d love to hear it! Please leave your thoughts and comments and, mostly, leave us inspired.

Wishing you the very best of a happy, meaningful life,

 

 

 

Rachel Weinstein
Director of Development

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  1. bvw

    We all have great quotes come to us at various times in our lives. We even remember two or three!

    Mr. Jobs did a great good deed that is little remarked today. It is something that is helpful to all in our internet, ipod, ipad and iphone connected generation. He got the younger generation to stop copying for free the music and audio-visual art created by others, and Mr. Jobs did this without the compulsion of law and police, of fines, lawsuits and jail. He got people to volunteer to be completely honest!

    He used wonderful inventions in the packaging and delivery of audio and video to do so. With that — the set of iPod and the iTunes virtual store front — Steve and his associates created a system that could make buying electronic copies of works more satisfying than “ripping”. With these inventions and their constant refinement he taught the young generation to appreciate ownership by purchase, and come to depreciate ownership by hacking and theft.

    1. Rachel Weinstein

      Fascinating point! And it was quite an accomplishment, considering the prevalent moral decay of our society. Thanks so much for your comments.

  2. Sheena

    I also love that Job’s quote for the exact same reason. It is a challenge to ‘carpe diem’ every single day and it’s nice not to have to feel as bad about yourself when you don’t.

    My favorite quote to keep me focused on living a meaningful life:

    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

    Of course, I also love a good laugh to relieve stress, so this is also a fav, some of the truths in life I think:

    “G-d is great, Beer is good, and people are crazy.” – Country Music Song sung by Billy Currington

    1. Rachel Weinstein

      Sheena, that’s the combination I like most in life: Living deeply and laughing often! Thanks so much for your thoughts.

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