The last couple of evenings I have watched the Ken Burns documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson. Some of you may have seen it as well. It is a remarkable story of one man's challenging crusade to integrate Major League baseball in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He was a remarkable baseball player and I can remember fondly as a little boy cheering on his much beloved and sometimes victorious Brooklyn Dodgers. But even more than his skills as a player, what was truly remarkable was his character as an individual. Committed to a purpose that was much bigger than himself, he rose above the discrimination of the day and literally turned the other cheek to the initial insults and threats of violence hurled against him. And he had an impact on society that went way beyond baseball.
It made me think: what is my purpose, what is the purpose of each of us? How can we most effectively commit to something bigger than ourselves at this stage of our lives, that not only brings value to those we touch but meaning and fulfillment to ourselves?
That will be a core part of our book discussion around Atul Gawande's Being Mortal on Friday morning, April 22. It is not only about health and nursing care at the end of our lives, but also about how each of us brings meaning and fulfillment to ourselves and to each other. Come prepared to share your own challenges and those wonderful stories that have brought you the meaning and fulfillment we all are searching for.