IN all our lives there are the special moments of clarity, encounters that give meaning to our lives.
Rabbi Harold Kushner said he learned something valuable watching two children building an elaborate sand castle on the beach.
Just when they had their project almost finished, a big wave came along and knocked it down, reducing it to a heap of wet sand.
“I expected the children to burst into tears, devastated by what had happened to all their hard work,” said Kushner.
“However, they surprised me. Instead, they ran up the shore away from the water, laughing and holding hands, and sat down to build another castle.
“I realised that they had taught me an important lesson. All the things in our lives, all the complicated structures we spend so much time and energy creating, are built on sand.”
Kushner said only our relationships to other people endured. Eventually, the wave would come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build up. When that happened, only the person who had somebody’s hand to hold would be able to laugh.