It seems we will all lose something when he passes. Like most people, he clearly fulfilled many mitzvoth and yet was not perfect in his service to humanity and G-d.
On a side note I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Let us be inspired by his example and realize we should give all people the "benefit of the doubt" about how we will be judged in the World of Truth. Being ready for death with no regrets means preparing to face G-d with the ability to say "I tried my best to fulfill my life's purpose by living according to Your Will following the guidelines of the Torah, using the gifts You bestowed upon me to do so." When the soul takes leave of the body - and that will happen to all of us eventually - all that remains for the soul to enjoy in the World of Souls (a.k.a.
Quite the opposite, his words are dripping with fulfilment and gratitude.Till his last day, he chooses to embrace the world: “It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me,” he writes.Materials that originally came from living things, such as wood and natural fibres, can be dated by measuring the amount of carbon-14 they contain.For example, in 1991, two hikers discovered a mummified man, preserved for centuries in the ice on an alpine mountain.His ground-breaking discoveries in the field of neuro-science have transformed modern medicine's understanding of the brain.
Hailed by The as “the poet laureate of medicine,” Sacks will leave the world of both medicine and literature infinitely richer. It is specifically the fact that he stands facing death with not a whisper of regret in his words.
Each of us is born with infinite potential for greatness. The what-ifs, the have-tos, the should-haves often cloud our choices. So reading Sacks’ reflections as he nears the end of his time in the world, I am envious. So with the courage, engagement and creativity that he lived his life, he approaches his death. To spend more time living life and less time examining it. I love Oliver Sachs for his humanity, bringing into perspective, a humane perspective the heroism of those who entered his neurology practice and his honesty in facing his own demons. The vagaries of that story for those not hitting the bookseller lists as they often die unknown as vague shadows shedding their own light, are equal and I know Oliver felt this.
The self he has cultivated – the self of love and gratitude is what he will carry through the rest of the days on this planet. The humility of such knowing characterizes greatness.
Relationships are prioritized, old feuds are settled and a heightened awareness of purpose and the sacredness of each moment is awakened.
Do we have to wait for a tragedy to realign our goals? Our dreams remained buried among fears and complacency. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written.” To be overflowing with gratitude in the face of death can only be a result of life lived with constant appreciation of the blessings.
Later called Ötzi the Iceman, small samples from his body were carbon dated by scientists.