I began last night’s ponder time just after midnight. I had life’s transitions in mind, aware that almost every transition I planned got re-transitioned, often by oddball circumstances. My best imagining could never have come up with the path I walked, nor picked a more delightful last chapter.
By and by I took to the computer to write the fuzz out of my brain. I checked for emails and found Dr. Mardy’s Quotes for the Week. This Week in History rang the bell. It discussed Steve Jobs transitions. Dr. Mardt drew on Jobs’ 2005 Commencement speech at Stanford University. It’s well worth a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA. Only 14 minutes.
A year before the speech, Jobs had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he had only a few months to live. A few weeks later, further testing suggested that surgery might help, and after the operation, Jobs thought he was in the clear.
The experience profoundly shaped Job’s very first Commencement address. His closing paragraph grabbed me: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
My final transition can’t be that far off, but not to worry. I follow my heart and let the Lord do the transitioning. I’ll not sit around and wait for the wagon. New adventures wait at every turn.
Old Grandpa Lloyd