I’m currently reading Mitch Albom’s “Have A Little Faith”. The book is about the lives of two (2) men: a Rabbi, Albert Lewis, who asks the author to write his eulogy at his funeral; and Henry Covington (who I won’t elaborate on here, i.e. read the book). Almost halfway through this great book, was this page relating an interesting sermon, the Rabbi, nicknamed “Reb”, gave in 1975. It struck me so much about how to live life so that there won’t be any regrets later.
“A man seeks employement on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendations to his new employer. It reads simply, ‘He sleeps in a storm.’
“The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man.
“Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley.
“Awakened by the swirling rain and howling wind, the owner leaps out of bed. He calls for his new hired hand, but the man is sleeping soundly.
“So he dashes off to the barn. He sees, to his amazement, that the animals are secure with plenty of feed.
“He runs out to the field. He sees the bails of wheat have been bound and are wrapped in tarpaulins.
“He races to the silo. The doors are latched, and the grain is dry.
“And then he understands. ‘He sleeps in a storm.’
“My friends, if we tent 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 right. We will never wallow in the agony of ‘I could have, I should have.’ We can sleep in a storm.
“And when it’s time, our good-byes will be complete.”