Steve Jobs: Organ Recipient / Gratitude to Donors of Life

Written by on November 2, 2011 in Health, Love & Family, Organ Donation with 0 Comments

So Hope Will Live

So Hope Will Live (Part IV of IV)

Today we conclude So Hope Will Live. This is Part IV.

Boston College has a motto:  “Ever to Excel.”  It is adopted from Homer’s Iliad.

It is a great motto for a great university and for all of us,

because it encapsulates a pursuit that all of us should undertake.

Steve Jobs pursued excellence and his legacy will long remain so long as others do the same.  And he was allowed to continue his pursuit of excellence even after a devastating diagnosis because of the intelligence and talents of medical professionals, and because of the generous gift of life from an organ donor.

As I said earlier, this poem was not written with Steve Jobs in mind, but it might express his sense of gratitude to his donor. We do know that while he was alive, he did thank his donor. This poem is written from the perspective of a recipient to his or her donor and family. Two families are now bonded in a way like no other.

Strangers are indeed now a family.

Donate Life.  Your Life Will Go on Living.

So Hope Will Live   Part IV of IV

Know that I am grateful
for the life you gave to me.
May my life give you light
wherever you might be.
And may my life bring comfort
from the pain that hurts you so;
we are strangers now a family,
wherever we may go.
And may the life that lives in me
shine a light so all can see
that life goes on, ironically,
when we choose to donate life,
so hope will live, eternally.

Copyright Daniel Mark Extrom 2010-2011. All rights reserved.

P.S.  I have not yet read Walter Isaacson’s book entitled, simply, Steve Jobs, but I intend to.

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