• Steve Jobs, 1955 - forever.

“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.”

When I learned of Steve Jobs’ death, I was feeding my daughter Avalon her bottle and, as so many other parents must also do, reading my iPhone. The news came via email. I read it, looked up at Catherine, who was feeding Avalon's twin sister, Amelia, and said, “Steve jobs died.” We both almost teared up, then got back to feeding the babies. After all, room had been made for the new and the new were right in front of me. And as I fed Avalon I began to think about writing a post, and I wasn’t sure what to write until I read a post by my friend Dave Tutin. Dave points out that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist and though I do not believe in any religion, there is an aspect of Buddhism I can get behind and it’s reincarnation. But here’s my take: all is energy and we are merely a form of it and when we die our form reverts back to energy. It is my most sincere hope that Steve Jobs’ energy infuses the energy that creates us all and inspires people everywhere to pursue that which is insanely great, to constantly and vigorously question the satus quo, to expect excellence, to put a ding in the universe, and, most important, to “stay hungry” and to “stay foolish”.

Goodbye to you, Steve Jobs, and thank you for inspiring — and continuing to inspire — the human race.