My dog saves me every morning.
I might be fretting about the trouble
lurking ahead or shaking off a bad night’s
sleep, but I have committed to walking
with Clarabella every morning. It’s frosty
in the winter and sticky in the summer,
but then the blood gets pumping, the
sun starts rising and I am grateful for the
It took me a long time to learn that
we treasure what we put the most time,
work and love into. Not the things we
buy or the money we compile. It’s just
like dragging your sorry self to a gym every
day until one day you realize that you
feel pretty darn good and it’s not such a
chore to work out. It’s like when you sit
through your child’s high school graduation
and realize it was all worth it.
Nothing valuable comes easy.
This month’s interview feature focuses
on the presentation secrets of Steve Jobs.
But I’ll let you in on the mystery – it was
hard work. He practiced for hours and
drove others crazy with details until he
made his presentation look effortless,
like he was just chatting with you.
But Jobs was well aware that the eyes
of the world looked upon him and that
he had a revolution to unfold. Yet it
looked like he had something special
to show you, and only you. I urge you
to go to YouTube and check out his iPhone
presentation from 2007. Looking
at it now, it is astonishing to realize that
it was one of those moments when you
can mark time with a pre- and a post-.
But it was a simple presentation, as engaging
as his devices.
Jobs was famously difficult and demanding,
although his efforts paid off
for him and for the rest of us. Yet for all
his seemingly antisocial tendencies, he
wanted to be surrounded by his family as
he approached death. As he gazed at his
children, his last words were, “oh, wow.”
In December, most of us looked at
our children and those closest to us
with more gratitude as others faced the
unimaginable in a small corner of New
England. Many of us asked why this
world is so unforgiving and hard.
But it means we are constantly learning
to be thankful.
Steve Jobs said, “Death is the single
best invention of life.” Every end promises
a new beginning. Every night means a
new day. I learn each dawn to be grateful
And for the dog that walks me.