Such a wonderful, thought-provoking piece! I really enjoyed how you worked in your personal experiences around facing possible death along with Steve's nuanced journey. Bravo.

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Fascinating essay, Chris. So interesting your parallels between Steve, negative/positive space, and your own experience. It indeed is love, not death, the greatest invention of mankind. This is a massive piece, full of precious references and brilliant ideas. And your personal story, and what happened to you, is truly inspirational. It says 24min reading on top, but I took my time and went much slower, as this piece deserves. Thank you for writing this. I sense I will return to it over and over again.

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Mar 17Liked by Chris Coffman

I thought before I answered your email, I should read through your posts! Here are my own thoughts on mortality - the only time I faced it: http://robinstonsilcancerblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/why-not-me-and-other-random-thoughts-on.html The bottom line: while I agree with your focus on love as the best guide for each day's journey, I also think that the cycle of life is a wondrous thing and should be fully appreciated and celebrated. I think one can do both simultaneously.

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Incredible piece. ✨I really enjoy how you connected your own dots between the speech, Steve Jobs life and your own journey. It reminds me of the book ‘The Last Lecture.’

This quote especially resonated with me:

‘We can’t connect dots in advance.’

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Great, love it! If you leave Steve and jobs out, that would describe my positive space, if Death and Me are not negative!

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