My immediate response to the success story of the late Steve Jobs was how exactly do you define what constitutes a success story? A success story can vary dramatically from one person to another.
For example some people consider finding a job and supporting a family to be their success story, while some people may feel that if they heal from a traumatic event or a terrible accident, then they are success story. So being a success story really depends on the point of view of the individual concerned.
This brings me to Steve Jobs (RIP), as Apple said: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know, and work with Steve have lost a dear friend, and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
True, Steve Jobs was a genius, and he had a massive influence on global markets as well as billions of lives. And as we all know now, there was more to Steve job’s personal life than anyone of us could have known.
When he was 17, Jobs 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.” This quote made a truly profound impression on him, and since then, for the past 33 years or so, he looked in the mirror daily, asking himself: “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 had been “No” for too many days in a row, he knew he had to change something.
Telling himself that he’d be dead soon is the most important tool he could think of to help him make all the big choices in his life. Because almost everything; external expectations, pride, fear, embarrassment or failure fall away in the face of death, leaving behind only what is truly important. Remembering that he would die was going to be the best way he knew to avoid the trap of thinking he had something to lose. As he said, you are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
But did he truly follow his heart? Or was he simply suppressing negative emotional feelings deep inside not wanting to deal with them, and as a result he became very ill.
As a hypnotherapist I understand only to well the power of mind body connection. I have to wonder, would it have been possible if he did learn how to deal with his negative emotions, to forgive the people who gave him up for adoption, would our Steve Jobs still be alive today?
I have no doubts. Research has shown clear evidence that stress, anxiety, fear, anger, emotional problems or comfort eating etc, are the biggest trigger to most illnesses. Subconscious self-sabotaging is highly dangerous and can prove fatal!
Think about how many people you know who died of cancer or other serious illnesses?
The disease is created mainly by anger, and rage, vehemently eating us inside. We are all of us familiar with the proverbial saying, “what’s eating you up?”
Cancer is one of the main causes of death in the U.S. Pancreatic, stomach, liver, colon, and lung cancers being among the most prevalent.
Cancers thrive in toxic environments so the real issue for dealing with cancer now is to understand that our anger, depression, suppressed emotions etc can create the kind of toxic acidic blood chemistry in which cancer will flourish. In comparison an alkaline environment will suppress the spread of cancer, and we create that environment based on what we eat, what we think and what we feel. It is literally how badly or how well we treat our bodies.
So how do we create the perfect environment to attack the cancer?
Clearly what we need to do is to start looking after ourselves, cultivating good habits, good eating, and wholesome thinking. As the corner pin to aid us in all these areas we utilize the three H’s:
My heart goes out to all those who loved Steve Jobs. We will never really know if by promoting good mental and physical health he would still be with us but by adopting the right attitude in our own daily lives and looking after our bodies we might strive to keep cancers and other toxic inspired illnesses at bay.