So much going around about Steve Jobs. I think my favorite quote, to me his most insightful, is his one about children. As recounted by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google: "It’s your heart running around outside your body."
I have three kids, Chase 24, Cannon 21, and Christine 19. When they were little, I so worried something bad would happen. I tried to protect them. I had to: they are my heart running around outside my body. (http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/photos/heart/#/donor-heart_933_600x450.jpg)
Today, well, it’s no different. I love the adults they have become. I see Chase pursuing a couple of different passions at the same time. Cannon is full of fun and talent and is beginning to define his life a bit. Christine just started college–she has big dreams, some still undreamt. I want them to be happy contributors to the world. I want them to be excited about life. I want only the best for them. And I chase after them, helping when help is sought, listening when needed, offering advise if asked (and sometimes even when not asked). Therefore, my heart still runs around outside my body everyday.
It used to scare me, this"heart" feeling. But I’m learning that life is actually more interesting living life "with your heart running around outside your body." My kids have taught me this.
So, now I’m thinking, if I love my kids like this, why not embrace other parts of life the same way? Why not pursue activities that cause another part of my heart to beat erratically as well? Why not have this feeling about my job?
I’m thinking more about this. So for that, Steve Jobs, I thank you (and for this iPad on which I type).