“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money.
It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
Those were the words that the late Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple once said. He was a pioneer of the personal computer revolution. His leadership helped to transform nearly all the industries of the world. Additionally, while being the CEO of Apple, he oversaw the development of many products, including the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone and the iPad. From computers to smartphones to music and movies, his creative genius has changed our lives forever.
Remarkably, he helped us to see and to do things more clearly, to make our work more efficient, keep our memories near, completing tasks faster, to work smarter and to remain connected to those we love and work with. To many of us it seems so simple; it seems so easy and it has made things more convenient. In his view the overriding goal was to make our use of time more precious.
Today, there are lots of things going on in our society. Some days it is hard to make any sense of the disruptive things we are seeing or experiencing all across our nation, in our cities and neighborhoods. There continues to be an uptick in gun violence, drug usage, continual world conflicts, and expanding gaps in wealth, increase in poverty rates, growing homeless population, medical and mental health issues. Each day the list of crises and challenges grow.
Similarly, each passing year, we also learn about people who passed away; some more acclaimed than others, but nevertheless, they are no longer with us. Additionally, each of us knows of someone whose life has changed due to illness, an accident, loss of a friend or family member. Our hearts are saddened, our emotions are shattered and our faith is tested. But in the midst of it all what we do or accomplish, how much wealth we obtain, the fame we receive, homes we buy, cars we drive, careers we chose or where we live… we take for granted the one thing we all have in common… it is the finite time in which to get things done. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., perhaps said it best … “It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.” So, I say… let make these moments we have with each other count… for we can’t get them back.
Dr. Andrew Calhoun, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter #AC53, or call 414-571-5015.