“Will you do my eulogy?”
It doesn’t matter what faith you practice, or if you have any faith at all, when it comes to death we’re all uncertain what’s on the other side of his face.
What we are a little more certain of is this life. What we have now. Who we have now, I should say. This book rightly puts into perspective how now is of the utmost importance.
Two races, two cities, two strong men who grandly affected a sportswriter, who also happens to be the author of the book, in his re-discovery of faith. He is asked to write a eulogy for his rabbi and while at first he doesn’t feel he is up for the task when the time comes for him to present it he does so eloquently that no one else could’ve done it better.
“If we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love, and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight. We will never wallow in the agony of ‘I could have, I should have’. We can sleep in a storm. And when its time, our goodbyes will be complete.”
This book has definitely taught me that to know a person genuinely is pivotal in securing lasting relationships. Yes, it may be time-consuming, but to know that each life is valued and worth it. Especially in this microwave, 3-in-1, instant noodle, media-obsessed society, whence sometimes it can be a duly chore to not get dragged down with it. As Meyer Wolsheim said,
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead,” he suggested. “After that my own rule is to let everything alone.”
Thinking of: Re-runs and how I don’t want my life to be like them.