iHope

by Jan on October 6, 2011

“You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, karma, whatever… Follow your heart.”  ~ Steve Jobs

I recently wrote about Steve Jobs and I’m thinking about him again today—as is the rest of the world. In fact, I’m writing this on my iMac.

Here’s a man who never gave up on his dream. He traveled a bumpy road but never lost sight of what he loved to do. That passion fueled his remarkable journey.

I picture him as a 20-year-old tinkering in his garage as the “big idea” came to him. I can picture the spark of hope.

He teaches us that we can use every experience in our lives to create something. We don’t know when we’ll need to capitalize on an experience, but we know our skills, ideas and drive will be present when we need them.

Steve Jobs modeled the confident side of hope.  His was not a wishful, longing type of hope but an active, passionate pursuit of what’s possible.  This aspect of hope is too often overlooked.

Like Steve, I believe we’re on the path we’re meant to be. Seeing the path we are on is sometimes difficult, but trusting is essential to leading a hopeful life.

His Stanford commencement speech touches on nuggets we can all relate to—that’s what speakers of truth do for us. The world will miss him, but has gained so much—not just from his technological savvy, but from his humanity.

Give his speech a listen and let me know what you think.