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Steve Jobs on Gratitude
We need each other
James Clear includes in his newsletter an email Steve Jobs sent to himself, remarking on how much we all need each other. It is also a brilliant call for gratitude.
"I grow little of the food I eat, and of the little I do grow I did not breed or perfect the seeds.
I do not make any of my own clothing.
I speak a language I did not invent or refine.
I did not discover the mathematics I use.
I am protected by freedoms and laws I did not conceive of or legislate, and do not enforce or adjudicate.
I am moved by music I did not create myself.
When I needed medical attention, I was helpless to help myself survive.
I did not invent the transistor, the microprocessor, object oriented programming, or most of the technology I work with.
I love and admire my species, living and dead, and am totally dependent on them for my life and well being."
Source: Email sent on September 2, 2010. Featured in Make Something Wonderful
What is something in your life that you didn’t grow or create but which you are grateful for?
For me, I could start with Photoshop, a software program developed, maintained, and marketed by others, something I only have a partial understanding of but which has made my life richer for the past 18 years. I admit to swearing at it occasionally but I will be eternally grateful for it.
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