Thursday, October 13, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Fall Edition #187
Russell R. Shippee
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Today is a gift, so be sure to enjoy it.

Steve Jobs, a legend, passed away last week.

I never met Steve Jobs, but I felt he was a friend. Like so many of us, I use his products daily. I admired his passion and pursuit of perfection. He lived his values. His passing was a personal loss for us all. As reported, he passed peacefully with his family, wife and four children, by his side.

We'll all go. May we all be as lucky as Steve to have our family at our side as we peacefullly cross over.

Standford Commencement 2005

Many of you may have already seen his Stanford Commencement Speech. I suggest it's worth seeing again. Take a moment, you'll be glad you did. The message is powerful.

Speaking of inspiration, it seems the Aimee Mullins video inspired many of you — thanks for the feedback. I am glad it helped!

This week's fall weather arrived. It's time to navigate the boat to her winter resting place. Every year I hold out for 'one more sail' and then end up taking the sails off and putting the cover on when it's cold out. This year I might just beat the real cold. We'll see. The pull to 'sail one more time' is big. So, what's pulling you?

Does Your Bucket List Leak is taking shape. Yes, I 'm working fast but taking the time to do it right. That's a tough lesson for me; but, with my coaches, I am doing it the right way. My book coach is holding me accountable. Hey, that's what I do to others. Now I know. I bristle; but I also know it's just what I need. No different than you.


p.s. No, last week I was not blaming the relatives. Whatever happens to us, in the end, we have done it to ourselves. Don't blame others.


"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

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"Today is all you have."

He had everything except his health. Without health, nothing else matters.

Steve apparently knew his risk. He also knew that the only and best thing he could do was to live each day. He not only did that, he also told us to do the same.

It’s not the years in one's life, but the life in one's years. Every day is a gift to be lived and enjoyed. Every day is an opportunity to stretch, to grow, to try new things, to love, and to just be with someone. How much living can you pack into one day?

Steve knew the value of each day and he treasured each day. Knowing we are going to die should free us to live. Die now so that you can live. Steve lived, and he lived every day as best he could, doing what he loved, living his passion.

Are you living each day or, are you just waiting for tomorrow? Are you playing it safe or are you engaging in life as a daring adventure?

Today, someone is getting fired and someone is getting promoted. Someone else is working to be the best they can be. Finally, someone is sitting and watching television, letting life pass him by as he lives vicariously through the television.

The goal is to arrive at your funeral late, tired, worn out, and with a big smile on your face. Go for the gusto while you still have a chance. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

What are you waiting for? If not now, when?

We have our history, the present (right now today, which is a gift to be used and enjoyed) and the future. The future never comes. The future is always tomorrow.
Is it a coincidence that today is called the present? Or, is it to remind us that it is a present for us?

Steve Jobs created more in fifty five years than you and I are likely to do together even if we live to be one hundred and fifty years old. His days were packed with passion, excitement, and adventure. He did what he loved, and it showed in his products and services which we all use.

You have today, so you might as well use it and make the best of it. Think of those that don’t have it and wish they did have just one more day. What would you do with one more day? That’s what you should do today.