Thoughtful Thursday: Is there such a thing that’s truly ours?

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Today I went through the massive repository of photos with quotations which at certain points in my life sparked bundles of cells inside. This time, it’s Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple and Pixar–more importantly, he was a devoted father and adoring husband.

I love Steve Jobs. Not because he developed the iPhone, iPad, iPod, etcetera but because he was an ever seeing eye, observing so many simple things invisible to most people. He was also one of the rare kids who survived adulthood. Steve always saw the connection between two points and brings it to life so we can all purchase it at $300 a pop at an average. In his last days on a hospital bed, he continued to design products to give hospital patients the best of the Apple experience. He is by virtue, a connector of truths delivered in packages people make cults out of.So, what is my point? If one of the greatest visionaries in the world said creative people didn’t really do anything but just saw something, then why do we give so much value on receiving credit and giving credit when it’s due? At the end of it all, it’s not his or hers or ours, it has always been something that was already there long before anyone recognized its existence. The only credit we ought to give and receive is for seeing, not for creating. After all, how can you create anything that already exists?

So what if someone copied your invention? Someone else is bound to invent it anyway. So what if someone took your post and posted it without your permission? You just penned down what you saw, not what you own. So what if they didn’t mention your name? You know you did that anyway. So why fuss? Smile. Know and be grateful that you’ve seen as most hearts take awhile.

One Response to “Thoughtful Thursday: Is there such a thing that’s truly ours?”

  1. Kat says:

    It is kind of ironic that he said this but his company pushed to sue another for allegedly copying their idea.

    On a personal level, I think it’s because we all want to be remembered in one way or the other. And we want to be praised, because it feels good to be recognized. It’s a struggle that I have with myself. It’s nice to be acknowledged but on the other hand, it’s much nicer to know if you have made a difference in someone’s life even without the accolades. :)

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