Good friends and clients urged me to read Atul Gawande's best selling book, "Being Mortal." I postponed doing so for every reason the author mentions in the introduction of the book. None of us like to think that we are mortal or of the facts involved in the final months or days of life.
However, I don't think I have ever been as captured or captivated by a book upon first picking it up. Gawande is an outstanding writer. Not only that but also he puts before us a topic of utmost importance in the most winsome of ways.
At one time, not so long ago actually, we looked to our elders for wisdom and guidance. Now, in this digital and technological age, we look to our teenage children to tell us how things work and to show us the way. The matters of meaning and wisdom are, sadly, becoming less and less important culturally.
Read this book. You will be glad you did.