Friday, December 08, 2006
“Isn’t it enough simply to be?”
An older gentleman asked me this question a few weeks ago during a workshop I was conducting for the Society on Aging of New Jersey.
“Yes,” I answered. "It's enough."
The worth of a human life isn’t measured by one’s achievements. A few generations hence, it’s likely no one will remember what we accomplished. Yet even as I write these words, I realize that I sometimes forget this. I forget that defying gravity isn’t about pulling ahead in the final stretch--as if life were a race to be won. It’s about having the courage to follow our hearts and understanding that sometimes the most courageous thing we can do is to take no action at all.
My friend Norma Larsen (see photo above) died last week. I couldn’t care less what she did or didn’t achieve in her life. She was a beautiful, gentle soul; and I loved her.