Like so many other computer users, this week I was saddened to hear of the loss of Steve Jobs. I got to play on one of the first Macs in the mid 1980s. Hanging out with the techie geeks, we opened the back and saw all the signatures of everyone who had worked on it. While everyone loved the interface I was frustrated that I had to use icons instead of talking more directly to the OS like you did in DOS (PC DOS as well as MS DOS as not everyone had MS DOS although everyone wanted it!). As time went on, I started to get the hang of the icon thing and now I can’t imagine computers with out them. I’ve had a Mac Classic, a Performa 600 (which had that new thing called a CD ROM drive and I could even play music on my system!). I’ve had Mac Laptops and desktops and I am typing this on an iMac. My husband works for Microsoft so I’m using the Windows side of BootCamp.
I want an iPad, will probably have a new iPod coming up and while the iPhone is cool, I’m not a real phone person and the carriers don’t work well in the cell phone hole in which I currently live. What would Steve Jobs have come up with next?
I think of all the things that Steve did and I think of a bonfire burning too brightly to be sustained. He made a choice to live his life to the fullest, choosing quality over quantity. As a healthcare provider I can talk about balance but we must all find our own balance. We make choices. There is no perfect balance. We, as a community of people, balance each other with some using strength and endurance and others using speed and still others using their ability to turn and change quickly. We must understand our needs and listen to our intuition to live each of our lives the best way we can. As one Steve Jobs quote that is going around says, “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.” Find your own balance. Look at what one man created when finding his own path and his own balance.