Do What You Love: Time Is Too Short To Do Anything Else...

To say I was very moved by a recent commencement speech Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs gave to some 5,000 graduates on the campus of Stanford University last week would be an absolute understatement. Despite his appearance (wearing sandals and jeans under his robe), Jobs was treated like a rock star by students, and deservedly so largely due to the surge in popularity of Apple from its iPod digital music player.

What Jobs shared about his life to students, however, was priceless. It came in the form of three short and vividly candid life stories. I was especially affected by the final story about death and the unspoken subject of regret. A slice of the speech paints the picture:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

With the deluge of health news and research my staff and I share you with daily on my Web site, it's hard not to be discouraged for what still passes for modern health care in this country. What helps me continually stay on course, however, is the progress all of us are making toward realizing my vision for transforming the future of the modern healthcare system.

If that doesn't do the trick, I'll take a quick look at some of the many unsolicited testimonials from patients who have been helped by the natural health advice I share here.

Armed with good and lasting optimal health, I hope you'll be every bit as encouraged, as Steve Jobs was, to find that one thing that blesses your life and creates a little bit of Heaven on Earth for others too.

Newsday June 19, 2005

The Stanford (University) Report June 14, 2005

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