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Dear Mrs. Laurene Powell Jobs,
October 5, 2011, is a happy day....A day to celebrate Steve's life, the family man and the public man. A day, more than anyone, you will always remember. The clock has not yet struck 12:00, and as I weave through the web, I see that Wikipedia has already marked this glorious day, the beginning of your husbands life in the after. My prayer for you is of healing and of celebration.
A wise man once said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." I am sure you recognize this from Steve's address to Stanford University graduates during, what has become an inspiration in my life, at his commencement speech in 2005.
Recently, I have engaged on a new journey in life. Along that journey, I had a rather serendipitous run in with a character on the infamous Facebook. This character helped me navigate through a time in my life where I needed someone to inspire me, someone to push me, someone to encourage me and someone to emulate. One of the ways, "they" encouraged me, was by introducing me to your husband this past August. Now, let me quickly follow that up with, it was an introduction boistered only by link juice or virtual reality of sorts. I was sent constant links to articles about Steve, including the Stanford speech.
I was so inspired by your husband, that today, I shed a tear. I shed a tear for someone I did not know through an actual physical introduction, only through a digital reality, but a reality it has become for me. Energy can not be created nor destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. Yesterday, I may not have done many things to change the world. Today, I carry energy that was passed on to me and to the thousands of others your husband inspired.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on." This is what is sustaining me.
I have come to love education, writing and embracing technology. Today, I volunteer and teach. I chuckled when I saw you are on the board for Teach for America. (more dots...it would be nice if "they" could hurry up and finalize that Cleveland Program) I know.... my life is so much bigger than this. A body in motion stays in motion. I know I will get there....where.... I am not sure. I know you will keep focus on your family and help them get there too. Stay true to yourself and hold on. "So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever."
It has been a privilege connecting with you and your husband through the waves of the public webby wire. However, I reach out with sincere gratitude for the serindipity in my life. I offer you my prayers, thanks and wishes for comfort in your life with your family.
Mr. Steve Jobs....May he rest in peace while we all carry some of his energy on to a new tomorrow.
May God Bless You!