I am heading south for a few days, to Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach. I am with these words Steve Jobs gave in a commencement address:
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.
Last night I spoke with a woman who was given a medical misdiagnosis so she thought her life would be short. What that gave her was immediacy. For each of us, there can be immediacy; there is immediacy. "There is no reason not to follow your heart."
A man last night, Darrin, in an evaluation of a speech at Toastmasters said, "Words have a feel." When you speak of a "rose", give the feel of a rose. Use the word, the passion the word evokes, to fill the room. He spoke the word "tender" and we felt it. Tender.
When I was on the cruise ship, if we anchored where there was no pier, tenders, small boats, took us to and from shore. Use the word tender today to tend your heart, to journey and probe, to know what to follow and where to go.