Suddenly, out in the hall, I heard an infant scream, followed by a quick, “Shhh!” presumably from its mother. The Reb heard it too.
“Now that child,” he said, “reminds me of something our sages taught. When a baby comes into the world, it’s hands are clenched, right? Like this?”
He made a fist.
“Why? Because a baby, not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say, ‘The whole world is mine.’
“But when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open. Why? Because he has learned the lesson.”
What lesson? I asked.
He stretched open his empty fingers.
“We can take nothing with us.”
– The Reb
Have a little faith by Mitch Albom
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. 🙂