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Song a week 8 - A Matter Of Life And Death

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After Steve Jobs passing away I’ve been thinking a bit more about death and what it means. I was sitting at the piano and I remembered Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford. One idea stuck with me particularly.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent.

I felt encouraged by this, encouraged to do something worthwhile with my life. Life feels like a gift now, more than before.

If you haven’t seen the video then I highly recommend you watch it.

All that you’ve seen
All that you’ve come to believe
Is only borrowed for a while

All that you know
About what’s up above and down below
You’ve only borrowed it for a time

There’s no need to despair
That death is a destination we all share
It’s only a matter of life and death

Through no plans of your own
Not from what or who you know
You’ve been given another day in this life

Life isn’t fair
You might not make it to the end of the year
You’re only on borrowed time

There’s no need to despair
That death is a destination we all share
It’s only a matter of life and death

I hope when I’m standing at the pearly gates
The angels there know my name

There’s no need to despair
That death is a destination we all share
It’s only a matter of life and death