Today we celebrate Memorial Day. It’s a day when children eat hotdogs, ride the ferris wheel, cast caution to the wind. It’s a day when young men choose their allegiance. It’s a day when old soldiers remember friends.
Today’s prompt at Poet’s United is foresight / prescience aka a glimpse into the future. Ineza was a student of mine in Crimea. If I could have brought her to my country, I would have for she had already endured too much. I have no desire to look into her future for it too closely is united to Crimea;s fate.
Three people arrived at the same spot at the same time though they did not know each other nor were they familiar with the bar. Each wore a dumbfounded look and carried a slip of paper. The tall one with an unassuming smile said “well I guess we were intended to meet one another here. Why? I have no idea but maybe we can solve this riddle.”
The other two were more taken aback by their surroundings. The confident one led the way to a booth. The one who was the most tentative looked at his attire then at what the locals were wearing. He knew he was out of his element. He checked something in his hand “no service” was all it said. He also noted that the silent one was eyeing him. “Yes, your clothing need a bit of updating as does your overall look.”
“Ok I get it. You are from the past and you I take it are from the future. But what I don’t know is what do we do now?” The man from the present was now tongue tied.
A man who dropped out of college made such a big difference in our world!!!
How can society not applaud a man like Steve Jobs? A trend setter, visionary, entrepreneur, humanitarian are just a few of the many hats he has worn. Living in Silicon Valley, some close friends were Apple employees. Twenty years ago I co-founded a non-profit, Apple allowed their employees to donate their computers so that we could run more effectively and help the poor in our county. I wonder if Jobs knew how many people he unknowingly assisted over the years. Some of you know, others may not, that when the iPad came on the market it was made available to special needs children at no cost; these kids thrive on the technology available to them and who knows what their minds will conjure up for the future.
Several years ago Jobs gave a speech to the graduating class at Stanford University – “How to Live Before You Die”. Jobs reflects on starting Apple in a garage,losing his position at Apple and starting NEXT and then Pixar; he communicates that you should “find what you love” “do what you believe is a great work.” “No one wants to die but we all share that destination.” Jobs with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer didn’t live the decades he would have liked but he did have more than 6 years, after the diagnosis, no can doubt were rich and generous years.
His advice to those Seniors, and I believe to all of us, was “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” “Love What You Do …your time is limited.” Thank You Steve Jobs for your great contribution to our world!!!!