This was a beautiful piece in the New York Times today.
It was about how two sons handled the final hours with their father after he was removed from off life support.
With the prodding of one son, the father reluctantly agrees to see a Rabbi before his death, and this Rabbi describes to the dying man the meaning of his (and our) life:
"Imagine your whole life now, and for each [and every] time you did something good, imagine it as a little glow you left behind that lights a dark road stretching back in time. It's a long, long row of lights now, isn't it?"
Remembering over time, the father nods, smiles and is obviously comforted in this final hour as he sees in his mind's eye all the shinning lights for the acts of kindness that he was leaving behind.
Isn't this what life is all about?
Every choice we make, everything we do, can have an amazing impact and leave light when before there was just darkness.
Imitating G-d in creation, we create light separating it from the darkness out there, good from evil...we create the future.
Our goal...light up the night. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)