I will always remember where I was when I heard the news that Steve Jobs had passed away, a year ago today. I was sitting in a meeting with four other board members of my Homeowner Association. The news felt like a bad joke. Something that couldn’t be true. The writing had been on the walls for months, if not years, yet, I found it impossible to believe.

It actually took me a few weeks to process the news and cope with the death of the man who not only had shaped an important part of my life, but had also shaped and changed the lives of millions of people around the world.

Today, Apple is paying tribute to Steve Jobs in its own way. If you go to Apple.com, you will first be greeted with a short yet inspiring video about Steve.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jj0Qw8ipPLI

The video is followed by a personal message from Apple CEO Tim Cook:

A message from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his future legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

Tim

To me, the takeaway from Tim Cook’s message is that today, people should reflect about how Steve Jobs has inspired all of us and made the world a better place. If you’re an Apple fan, please take the time to sit down and think about it for a minute.

Steve, you’ll be forever missed.