Steve Jobs' passing has been in the news a lot these past several days. Indeed, Jobs changed the world and how we look at it, and we're sorry to see him go.
Jobs' passion for his products is inspiring, but there's another side of the story that should serve as a wake up call for those of us, especially those who've been blessed with children.
The headline above and story behind it are just sad.
"I wanted my kids to know me."
"I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did."
Sure, Steve Jobs did a lot of wonderful things, but his final wish illustrates a sad state of affairs for far too many families. When the end comes, mothers and fathers rarely wish they had spent more time at the office. Rather, they wish--at a time when wishes are worthless and not actionable--that they had spent more time connecting with their kids.
Listen to me. Don't wait another day. Spend time with your kids now.
I'm not talking about just the mythical quality time that serves more as a balm for your guilty conscience. I am talking instead about spending large quantities of quality time with your kids.
Everything else--jobs, fame, inventions, material wealth--falls short of the pleasures and rewards of having a loving relationship with your kids.