How much is enough?
Ever get a deep anxiety gnawing away inside asking, ‘Is this all there is to life?’
After years of striving to be the best in your game, do you wonder why you’re doing all this beyond financial gain, status or material comforts? If you’ve asked yourself this, you’re not alone. In fact, if you’ve been chasing the dollar instead of your passion, you’ll be in the minority not to ask it. Twenty-five years of being a psychologist has afforded me the privilege of many people sharing their fears that maybe they have squandered their time and are so far down a path, they don’t know the way out. In a confidential setting they dare to ‘speak the unspeakable’ and challenge a lifestyle the majority are told is the holy grail.
One person who achieved massive professional and financial gain, is Steve Jobs. On his sickbed, he allegedly reflected on the lack of joy in his life and faced what we must all face – the aloneness of our death. Several social media sites suggest that his last words reflect this. We should all read them and ask if we face a similar plight if we continue on our existing paths. Whether he wrote these words or not, if there’s a 1% chance that your last words might reflect the sentiments of Steve Jobs alleged words, then now is the time to change.
Will you dare to have that conversation that matters and ask of your current life, ‘How much is enough?’ Will you act on the answer to that question, even if it requires massive change? Or will you deny you have choice or fail to see the choices available? The pain of regret is a deep one and the alternative is to ‘live on purpose’. If Steve Jobs’ wrote these words, maybe this is his greatest contribution – but only if the readers heed its message and take action.
Alledged Last Words By Steve Jobs
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.
In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…
Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…
Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days …
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.
The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love. That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.
Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.
What is the most expensive bed in the world? – “Sick bed” …
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”.
When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.
Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat yourself well. Cherish others’.