I’ll bet you never knew the origin of a certain something you see every day : Day 20 of 31

In his famous Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs said he was going to tell three stories from his life. The first one was about connecting the dots.

It’s about trust, confidence, and following your curiosity. A short story of how unrelated things end up connecting.

You do something without any hope of practical application in your life. And then later . . .

Take things that seem separate, connect them with another separate thing, and all of them together gain new meaning.

Much of what I stumbled into, by following my curiosity and intuition, turned out to be priceless later on.

It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward. but it was very very clear looking backwards.

You cannot 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.

Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even if it leads you off the well-worn path.

— Steve Jobs

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Looking backward, what have you experienced that had no practical application and yet your life today wouldn’t be the same without that experience?


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  1. This was very interesting! I love to journal. I have boxes of my journals saved. Recently we moved to a much smaller place. I had to go through all of my ‘things’ to see what I could get rid of since there simply was no space. I rediscovered my journals and of course, I couldn’t get rid of them. They are priceless. As I’ve been looking through them, I’m amazed at the experiences and insights I wrote about. I am beginning to connect the dots. I see how God has been at work in my life, even when I thought He was being silent. He answered prayers in ways I never imagined. And He prepared me for today and my heart is so thankful.

    I appreciate this series!


    • Awesome! Our memories leak. Then we get reminded of true, meaningful stuff we forgot. Thanks Debbie.

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