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A New Year's Dawn

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 new day.

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 for that.

And for the dog that walks me.

Steven A. Morelli is editor-in-chief for InsuranceNewsNet. He has more than 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and insurance periodicals. Steve may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @INNSteveM. [email protected].

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