I'm sitting in bed at 4am typing with my thumbs on a tiny Apple computer, and thinking about the passing of the legendary entrepreneur Steve Jobs.
We were given one last lesson from Steve, which he shared years ago in a commencement speech:
"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" Steve Jobs
Our mortality is a blessing and a curse. A curse because we continually lose the ones dearest to us, and a blessing because it concentrates our courage and will to live.
While out walking yesterday on a delightfully crisp autumn morning, a recurring question echoed with each step. What is my most potent ability, what affinity do I possess which deserves a greater portion of my time and energy, and how can I cultivate this strength to bring prosperity to my family and loved ones?
One answer I came upon early this morning was unexpected. It isn't my computer acumen, which I've spent years experimenting with and honing. It wasn't my scientific background in school, or my applied engineering expertise acquired on the job. It isn't my boundless curiosity for learning, a quality which I'm blessed to have and which birthed this blog. The one irreplaceable attribute I possess is a unique gift to all individuals, yet it is a personal quality mired in superstition. It is simply named intuition.
1 he works according to intuition: instinct, intuitiveness; sixth sense, clairvoyance, second sight.
2 this confirms an intuition I had: hunch, feeling (in one's bones), inkling, (sneaking) suspicion, idea, sense, notion; premonition, presentiment; informal gut feeling, gut instinct.
(from Oxford Mobile)
Intuition is the attribute which has the highest potential for earning my freedom, if only I can hone it and trust it with my well being. Intuition is a guide that is the synthesis of reason and emotion, and serves as a foundation for all decision making. Unravelling intuition may well be the most productive path of my generation.