January 1, 2012

From: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
To: My Fellow Muslims

My Fellow Americans,

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music,” proclaimed my favorite President Ronald Wilson Reagan. So let’s listen to one of Stevie Wonder’s famous songs: “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”

Quite frankly, how many among us listen to sweet songs during a course of a year? For sure there is plenty to celebrate at the arrival of the New Year, and at the same time, there is also plenty to mourn about it too. The biggest celebration for many Americans was brought about by our brightest and bravest team of Navy Seal who captured and eradicated the “King of Terror – Osama Bin Laden,” whereas, the saddest moment was the passing away of the “King of Innovation – Steve Jobs,” the visionary in the signature black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage with Steve Wozniak.

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera very correctly said that “Steve Jobs is one of the greatest innovators in the history of modern capitalism,” whereas, John Ellet, a contributing writer for Forbes magazine wrote “We lost one of the true marketing geniuses of our lifetime.” The iPod portable music player, the iPhone, the iPad tablet and iTunes music stores helped changed the lives of many of our fellow humans around the world. In short, Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry, the music industry, the motion picture industry and the telephone industry. These are remarkable achievements by a man within such a short span of life. THINK DIFFERENT is what Steve Jobs taught not only us Americans but all of his admirers from around the world. Thank you kindly, Steve. May God keep you in perfect peace.

Here’s To The Crazy Ones (Think Different) Read By Steve Jobs

Stanford University graduates of the year 2005 probably never forgot one of the best commencement speeches of all time delivered by Steve Jobs. Quotes from his famous speech are remembered and revered till this day. The most important lessons from the three stories told by Steve Jobs are as follows:

Connecting the Dots:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only
connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that
the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to
trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the
difference in my life.”

Love & Loss:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only
way to do be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great
work. And, the only way to do great work is to love what you
do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As
with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And,
like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as
the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

About Death:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s
life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the
results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’
opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important,
have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They
somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.”

“Man’s greatness lies in his power of thoughts,” remarked Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and a Catholic philosopher. Steve Jobs “Thoughts on Life, a very brief YouTube video gives us all an example of his simple wisdom of life as follows:

“Shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you
are just going to live in it versus embrace it, change it,
improve it and make your mark upon it. I think that is very
important and however you learn that, once you learn it,
you want to change life and make it better because it is
kind of messed up in a lot of ways. Once you learn that you
will never be the same again.”

Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Life

Steve Jobs: On Failure

From all the distilled wisdom of Steve Jobs, one thing is clear that only by being able to THINK DIFFERENT can one start looking back to connect the dots in order to carve out the future course of action. “Admire & Inspire” should be our goal whenever the great one departs this beautiful Planet Earth. Steve Jobs was one of the greatest American innovators and we all will miss him forever. Steve Jobs was inspired by the Beatles, and especially, John Lennon’s song Imagine.

Remembering Steve Jobs with John Lennon’s “Imagine

From here on, Steve Jobs’ name will remain in the hearts of countless humans and it will also dwell in the pages of history books. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American sage, writer and philosopher reminded us that “All history resolves itself into biography of a few stout and earnest persons.” Yes, it does. In the year 2011, three of the famous Americans, Peter Falk (Lieutenant Colombo), Joe Frazier (Smokin’ Joe) and Andy Rooney (Handy Andy) passed away. Two of the world’s most renowned personalities, Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady) and Elizabeth Taylor (The Legendary Actress) breathed their last. Another wonderful human Vaclav Havel, an anti-communist hero, the first democratically elected president of Czech Republic, a philosopher, and a playwright also departed leaving behind some of his wordly wisdom for us to reflect upon as follows:

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less
about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less
and less.”

Let this New Year compel us to attentively listen to the inner voice of our hearts that “Our Time” on this Planet Earth is limited too. We all need to ponder over Steve Jobs’ outlook on life which he expressed it in the following lines: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me ……. going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful ……. that’s what matters to me.” Amen.

My fellow Americans, our common resolution from the very first day of 2012 should be to always remind our dear and loved ones of the three little words “I Love You” as beautifully sung by Stevie Wonder. We must from the bottom of our heart make it a point to listen to this sweet song of life at least three times a month. We must also strive to THINK DIFFERENT as pointed out by Steve Jobs. Only by reflecting upon the past and thinking differently, we can improve our lives for the better. To say it in Steve Jobs’ words, “Stay hungry; stay foolish” by following the words of wisdom of wise men and women and by faithfully listening to a few great songs of life.

May the dawn of this New Year, fill our hearts with “Love” and new hopes to open our minds to “Think” far more differently. We need to seek aspiration from Steve Jobs so as to embrace, change and improve the lives of our own families, friends, loved ones and also our fellow humans from all walks of life.

God bless America and its proud and humble citizens.

Very affectionately yours,

Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia

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