Godspeed Steve Jobs – LIFE IS SO VERY SHORT – by Neale Donald Walsch

by Corinne

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My dear friends…

Life is so very short. A social acquaintance of mine died this week, and while we are not close, the man’s death at 56 is startling to the system. He died of a rare disease that was only diagnosed in February.

And so, I am left sitting here today with yet another reminder of how tenuous life really is.

There was that terrible train accident the other day. People killed instantly. Then, before that, planes at air shows that abruptly dropped out of the sky.

And earlier, The King of Pop, and the Queen of the Angels.

People — ordinary, everyday people, not enemy combatants — go to the market and never come home. Or get on an airplane and never come home. Or contract a mysterious, extremely rare disease and never leave home again.

And life, itself, is just that tenuous. We think we have forever, and we do not.

Now I don’t mean to be dark here, or maudlin, but I know that I have been awakened this past few days, once again, to the reality that our lives are very, very short — and can end in any moment.

What that does for me is create a different context within which I consider the choices and decisions of my everyday life.

How much time do I want to spend with my wife and my family? What do I choose to do with the days and times of my “professional” life? What is the purpose of the things that I do hour by hour?

What is the purpose of life itself?

As you all know, I have ideas about all of these things. Ideas that I believe have been given me by God, in a series on conversations that began nearly 14 years ago.

I want to take a look at them again, and see how they feel and how they fit into my life today. Or, better yet, how my life today fits into those ideas.

Because here’s the story: I’m not sure that I’m living the ideas that I have been given and have, in turn, presented to the world.

So I want to look at those ideas, and see how, if we believe them, we could all more closely embrace them, and more fully enact them, in our day-to-day experience.

One thing I know is that I do not want to have anything wasted. I mean, it feels as if I have “no time to lose” — that if my life is going to have meant something, I need to get moving, right now, on creating what it is going to mean.

This drives me to the central question of all of existence: what is the reason that we are here, upon the earth?

Who are we, really, and what are we doing here?

In the meantime, make this a very, very wonderful day. And look to see what you think of doing when you think of making it that.

What comes up for you?

What is your first idea about how that might occur?

Love and Hugs,

Neale Donald Walsch, the #1 best selling author of the Conversations with God series, devotes his time to sharing the messages of his books through writing, lecturing, and facilitating spiritual renewal retreats. The creator of the School of the New Spirituality and founder of The Group of 1000, a nonprofit organization supporting global spiritual awakening, he lives in Ashland, Oregon.

A Hong Kong design student, Jonathan Mak,  said on Friday he was overwhelmed and felt “unreal” after his somber logo in tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs caused a worldwide Internet sensation.

The design, featuring Jobs’s silhouette incorporated into the bite of a white Apple logo on a black background, has gone viral on the Internet since news of his death.

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Michelle Vandepas
October 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love this logo… good advice from Neale


ella October 9, 2011 at 6:41 am

RIP Steve Jobs 🙁
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Reed Badgley October 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

I believe our purpose on earth is to give others a purpose in their lives. Nothing gives me a greater sense of joy than to make a positive difference in another human life. If I have made a positive difference in another life I have made a positive difference in my life.


October 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Dear Reed –

I know that you have devoted your life to helping others – and especially young business people who are starting on on their careers.

You have shared your joy with us many times on this blog, including your wonderful post –

Advice from A Wise Elder

Click here to read it


Although it has been some time, I still get readers on that post every week according to Google Analytics.

You should be proud how your words go on and on out into the Universe.


Sheila October 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks for sharing this. It’s very inspiring. Life really is short and we have to make the best of every second and minute of our lives.
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gila October 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

^It is written, “there is none else besides Him.” This means that there is no other force in the world that has the ability to do anything against Him. And what man sees, that there are things in the world that deny the Higher Household, the reason is that this is His will.
And it is deemed a correction, called “the left rejects and the right adducts,” meaning that which the left rejects is considered correction. This means that there are things in the world, which, to begin with, aim to divert a person from the right way, and by which he is rejected from Sanctity.
And the benefit from the rejections is that through them a person receives a need and a complete desire for the Creator to help him, since he sees that otherwise he is lost. ^ Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)
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October 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Dear Michelle, Gila, Ella and Sheila –

Thank you for joining in here as we all mourn the early death of one of our most brilliant Americans.


Andrew from Blogging Guide
October 10, 2011 at 1:13 am


When someone famous or close to me dies…I often think what is life all about. Especially when they are as young as Steve was. My mum died at 53 – far, far too young. I’m nearly that myself!

BUT I seem to just go back and do the things I normally do. I do think I have a good work/life balance these days. Much better working from home than when working in the corporate world. In the corporate world…I was working away from home so much.

There are days when I work far too many hours…there are days when I take my wife for granted…there are days when nothing goes right and I hate everyone.

I know I’m not alone (i.e. many people are the same) but that isn’t the point.

The point is we should do our best to make every day special…starting today (not tomorrow).



October 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Yes, Andrew –

These times when we hear of someone far too young to die – it does give us pause and helps to renew our intention for our lives.

It does not last long.

We go back to the secret we all have.

“Everyone will die but me.”

(the bigger secret is that we know that is not true)


Debbie from Happy Maker
October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hi Neale,

You ask, “Who are we, really, and what are we doing here?”

i believe that we all have a purpose and sometimes we are not sure whether we are following the purpose, but we are. when our purpose is over we will be called home.

what I do is enjoy everyday to the fullest. Do what I like to do, but at the same time always remember to invite the people I love into my life and try to meet new people every chance I have.

i always try to keep a positive attitude and be grateful for the people and things in my life.

I take time to smell those beautiful roses and enjoy the creations on this eaerth. You never know when you will be called home, so I believe we are here to enjoy today with a positive attitude, so that when we are gone, people will remember us in a positive way. By doing this, the lives that we do touch will hopefully be made better.

What it comes down to we are here to serve a higher power (to me this is God) , make the most of the days he gives us and touch lives in a positive manor.

Thank you for a lovely post. Blessing to you,
and thank you Steve Jobs for having been here, so we can touch more lives.
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October 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Dear Debbie –

You are the poster child for happiness and contentment.

Everything you say has a positive spin on it. That’s why people love to read your posts.

This is the crux of what is important in your comment.

“What it comes down to we are here to serve a higher power (to me this is God) , make the most of the days he gives us and touch lives in a positive manor.”

I think Steve Jobs made the most of every day. He loved what he did and lead a very simple life. I’d love to hear more about that. Perhaps we will in the forthcoming book about him due soon.

I will be interested in reading it.


Debbie from Happy Maker
October 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

You are right Corinne. I believe he did live a simple life and loved what he did. I also look forward to the book soon.
thank you for the kind words.
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Joel from Blog Solutions
October 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

There are too many people in the world just out for themselves. sometimes I’m one of them, heck I guess everyone is at least sometimes.
I guess when we leave this world, have we made it a better place than we found it? In most case, probably not, but we can try!
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October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

Dear Joel –

I agree that we sometimes have to put ourselves first. Even the airlines say to put on your oxygen mask before you tend to your child.

There is also situations in a family where you come to an impasse. And no one will budge.

Even when you are sure you are right, you have to give in because otherwise the whole family will suffer.

Does it make your personal world a better place? Maybe.

But it sure is hard.


Nicole Rushin
October 12, 2011 at 8:22 am

I have not involved myself in all the conversations about Steve Jobs. I think we all digest death in our own way so I try to steer away from the collective mourning of this great man. I watched the commencement video and it is probably the only thing I have viewed since this all happened. Powerful words. We all want to make some sort of impact on the world, on others; for me, I just want to write as loud as I can. I hope that my words will have an impact on someone. In the end I think my writing will be my legacy. If I knew I was dying I would want to snuggle up to the computer and just write, write, write. But in all honesty it is life and interacting with others that gives me content to write about. I probably watched this video at the perfect time. Powerful words from a spirit who will be terrible missed.

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October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

Dear Nicole –

Snippets of that video appeared often on TV.

I wanted to hear the whole thing so I looked for it – and then decided there may be others who could benefit.

I found it very inspiring. I am happy you enjoyed it too.

For many of us, including you, who writes as loud as you can, our words are are legacy.

Looking forward to reading yours for many years to come.


Beat Schindler
October 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

Corinne, one of the messages Steve Jobs – or what we think we know of Steve Jobs – left with us: there’s a fine line between questions and doubt. Steve Jobs, like every person on Earth, had questions. But unlike the vast majority of earthlings, he did not doubt his answers. He went for it and made it happen. (Easy to see how he in this way unfriended former friends). Who are we and what are we doing here? It’s a sound and profound question. Seems to me most people never stop for an answer. Others ask without readiness to listen. Others get the answer but no sooner doubt it. A few get it and make it happen. Seems Steve Jobs was one of those few. How does one not miss him?
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October 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

Dear Beat –

I think the world will miss him although I have heard that he left a plan for Apple for the next five years.

Most of us go day by day. With many unanswered questions. And not knowing the next step.

I think that is OK. Not making a decision is a decision too.

If you don’t know the answer – we have to live in the question until things clear up.

They usually do in the end.


Nancy Shields
October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Great post my BFF Corinne,

I am always inspired by hearing Steve Jobs. Stay hungry, stay foolish – it’s the bottom line. By staying hungry for your passion that may seem foolish then you will accomplish what you were brought to this world to do.

Thank you for posting this wonderful message and video!

Living in the possibilities of life,
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October 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

Dear Nancy –

I had an accountant once who used to tell me –

Stay nervous – be hungry.

Being hungry is important too. Otherwise, you lose your edge.


Klara October 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

it is a sad thing but life must go on… i think the reason why we are here in this life to make the world a little bit better. to leave our footprint on it (i dont mean the charcoal footprint) and it doesnt matter if it is to evolve something, to win wars or even educate a child. its about quality, not quantity. anyway, rip steve jobs.
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judith October 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

We lost a very talented person 🙁
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Larissa October 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I miss Steve Jobs…such an inspiring man!
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Nikea October 17, 2011 at 5:53 am

He is great a great man.. Million cries on his death..
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Abby October 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

Nothing gives me a greater sense of joy than to make a positive difference in another human life. We miss you Steve Jobs.
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Karen October 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

For me making today count is calling my family and telling them I love them. It’s going through my normal workday with a smile on my face, trying to be upbeat and trying to make every encounter I have with someone else today a positive one. Because what’s the point of giving out or dealing with negativity? Life is a precious, beautiful thing that should be embraced. I find myself feeling down or sad or negative sometimes and I have to snap myself out of it- life is too short to give in to the darkness. And it always makes me feel better about my life when I’m making someone else smile or feel good about themselves…but that’s just my humble two cents. 🙂


gracia19 October 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

Indeed.Life is so short.Be sure that everyday, we make the most out of it.Don’t waste time to do a useless things.God put us here for a purpose,not just to live by our own but to love and accept what we have.Be contented and learn to thank God in all aspects.Thank you for very inspiring article.
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October 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

Thanks Gracia19 –

Glad you enjoyed the article.

Good advice from you also.


Amy LeForge November 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

My purpose is to raise boys who will become men that love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. I try to glorify God with my life and to share His love with others. I usually mess that up, but I just keep trying.
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November 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Yeah, Amy. We all mess up. But the nice thing is those kids only remember the good stuff.

I promise.


Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny
November 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

Thanks for this reminder as I contemplate more rotting wood with my repairman. I get lost in what goes wrong and forget to spend more time with what goes right.
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November 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Dear Cheryl –

I think our whole life is spent in patch – patch – patch. I just spent $500 on my furnace on what I thought was a simple winter check up.

But, I am grateful that I am cozy and set for a Chicago winter. That is what will go right.


Tyrone November 8, 2011 at 6:09 am


Thanks for this tribute. As an Apple lover and fan myself, I really felt pain when Steve finally let go after years of fighting with cancer. He’s definitely always an inspiration and without him, I may not be convinced enough to switch from PC to Mac LOL. He’s such a great creator and leader in the industry that influenced the many to do the same even Bill Gates did his part well.


Ella Harris November 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Steve Jobs is really one of a kind man, I personally inspire his life story and I will never forget him. Thanks for the video, I miss Steve Jobs…
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November 11, 2011 at 6:12 am

Dear Ella –

It is amazing what an impact he on everyone when he died.

A true genius who never used it for his own personal fame. A private guy.

Come back and see us soon.


KateW81 November 16, 2011 at 5:43 am

Life is really feeble.No one could say when will be the end of our life. So everyday we must make the most out of it.


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Steve Jobs passed away at a very early stage of life. The post pays tribute to him


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