When Steve Jobs passed away, I was taken by surprise just like everybody. One reason was because it was too quick—we knew it would happen, but we assumed he would make it until the Christmas season, when his autobiography would be published. But the bigger reason was because I was genuinely sad.
October 6, that morning when I was on my way to work, I was in the metro using iPhone to check out is there any news around my friends. I saw one friend posted, “Rest in Peace to Steve Jobs.” I said what are you talking about? Then I changed social network to make sure that’s not a joke. But Facebook, Twitter, Plurk all shared the Biggest news: Steve Jobs has gone forever. Apple official website had changed the whole homepage for Steve Jobs… I suddenly couldn’t control myself, I held my iPhone very hard, and grieved over Steve Jobs’ death for few minutes, looking through the passengers, feeling how Apple products have changed our daily life.
Shared at Red Room’s first birthday celebration at Hua Shan Culture Park.
Wow, a small ripple has become a big wave.
I would like to salute Roma by sharing a poem by Christina Rossetti:
“Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.”
Character is like the wind. You don’t see it until it passes through.
In the past month, I have seen many people show their character with selfless commitment to plan this Red Room birthday.
One person, in particular, is Roma. She is the Mistress of the Red Room. She knew she would not be able to attend this celebration and she still worked out the details and took on many tasks until the last moments before she leaves for India.
I also want to single out one person, Ayesha. She is in Australia now. Without her, there will be no Red Room. ( Roma and Ayesha, this applause is for you. )
Today, I also want to share a quote from Joseph Campbell:
“People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life.. I think that what we are seeking is an experience of being alive.”
Here, at Red Room, We are after the sense of being alive and the pursuit of an adventure.
Every Red Room night has made me feel more alive.
Thank you, Red Room.
Happy First Birthday, Red Room
~ Ping Chu, Co-founder Red Room