Believe it or not, I have been thinking about Steve Jobs for the past few months already.
My ruminations mainly focused on when he was given the pink slip by the Board at Apple.
And then, there was the cancer issue lurking in my mind too.
the Stanford 2005 speech
It’s hard not to think about it for in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, he spun a myriad of colorful and heartfelt tales around it.
Maybe it was a little strange even for Stanford’s standards at the time to listen to such a glum picture of life.
On the contrary, I thought it was brilliant!
For those few precious minutes, Jobs was able to relay the message that…
“The best way to learn how to live is if one understood death.”
This stunning truth can be interpreted in many ways, of course.
For Jobs, he was talking about his battle with prostate cancer and how it fueled the “afterlife issue” at a more realistic level for him.
I’ve re-watched this video a dozen times ever since our senior pastor talked about it one Sunday, a few years back.
Being a lover of speeches, I think it is one of the most poignant pieces of oration to date.
fascination with Pixar’s “cars”
However, aside from those heartfelt reasons which I’ve just stated earlier, another thought came to mind.
Judging from the countless times we’ve watched Cars The Movie and Cars TOON MATER’S TALL TALES, I’m continually amazed at how the people at Pixar were able to create a bunch of talking cars into larger-than-life characters so diverse and yet so realistic that I actually felt that I was in an actual car race!
But the movie’s charm lies not only in its main characters, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater but the life lessons that can be learned from it.
For one, there was McQueen’s temporary detour at Radiator Springs which made him not only a better racer but a better “car” as well.
Someday, I would like to teach my son that “life’s detours are God’s appointments to lead you to a more meaningful path.”
steve jobs’ detours
This particular life lesson is also inherent in Steve Jobs’ life.
When he took calligraphy in college, it looked like he hit a brick wall or something with that unusual decision.
But his calligraphy skills proved to be pivotal in the way he designed the font faces for the Mac– Apple’s very successful PC series.
Remember when Apple fired him as CEO?
If not for that, he wouldn’t have bought The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm in 1986 and marvelously changed its direction forever by deviating from hardware sales to cutting edge animation in the form of Pixar!
And what would Tutapel’s life be without Cars? 😉
reflection on life’s detours
On a more serious note, not all of us will be given the chance to be a business magnate like Steve Jobs.
But we can all dream beyond our abilities and resources just like what he did at one time.
Only a few people will have the divine opportunity to witness their dreams’ fruition in their lifetime.
Ludwig van Beethoven for instance, only heard the infamous Ninth Symphony (1824) in his head for he was already completely deaf at the time.
As far as King David was concerned, he wasn’t able to see the construction of God’s temple in Jerusalem, for the Lord didn’t allow him so. He was just permitted to gather materials for it and let his son Solomon accomplish the task.
But for Steve Jobs, he was allowed to see the success of his inventions time and time again.
And for that, he was abundantly blessed.
What I would love to teach Tutapel someday is that it really doesn’t matter whether you get to see your dream’s fruition or not.
The most important thing is to continually dream, innovate, and envision something that will help others and glorify God.
I would also tell Tutapel to…