We long for things we’ve lost.
No treasure is as valuable as that which has become unattainable. Nothing is more elusive than the embraces we remember. Nothing seems more illusory than distant memories only we are able to recall. Nothing appears more fleeting than recollections of how our lives once were, but which are no more.
What would we give and what sacrifices would we make for a last embrace, for another personal sentiment, or for the opportunity to live just one more day with a departed loved one.
Fortunately, reunions of a sort can and do happen, and sometimes they take the most unexpected turn manifested in ways we least expect.
The following two-minute video is a public service announcement from Argentina. Please watch it. I promise it’s well worth your time and will melt your heart. It melted mine. The purpose of the ad campaign to create greater awareness comes as a surprise and is revealed at the conclusion:
Wasn’t this video both wonderful and powerful?
Most of us ponder the possibilities of an afterlife, especially as we continue to age, and begin to approach what for many is the most dreaded of all human destinies.
Whatever your spiritual views, organ donation does ensure that life goes on ad infinitum.
Two years ago, Marieta and I lost someone very dear to us, who died quite unexpectedly and way too early in his life. As funeral arrangements were being made, we came to realize firsthand the precious gift of life that organ donation can be for everyone, particularly in a time when we’re most in need of hope.
Someone once wrote, “Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.”
I think that perfectly sums up the selfless act of organ donation. It’s also okay to acknowledge the most basic human instinct which is to survive and continue on living as long as possible.
Indeed, organ donation is not just the best gift we can give to a complete stranger; it’s actually the best gift we give to ourselves.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. “
— Leo Rosten