There's something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now. ~ Angelina Jolie
I recently listened to a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs, the CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, for Stanford University. In it he urged people to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks - including death itself.
He spoke about how each morning, he looks in the mirror and asks himself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' Whenever, the answer is no for too many days in a row, he says, that's when he knows he needs to change something. He finds that remembering he will be dead soon one of the most important tools in helping him make the big changes in life.
My favorite part of the speech was when he said that, death is a destination we all share and is the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. No one wants to die, but knowing that we could die tomorrow frees us to do what we want today.