A Jewish mentor once shared this anecdote:
What is the difference between Gan Eden (Paradise) and Gehinnom (Hell)?
In Hell, they sit at a table of food, but with forks that are abnormally large, it’s simply impossible to eat. In Paradise, it’s the same – but they use these forks to feed each other.
Those in Hell say “What? I should feed him?! No way, I’d rather starve!”
Paradise is the word used for one’s ultimate enjoyment. And what is an expression of our deepest sense of fulfillment? Giving to others!
The deepest expression of ourselves is when we experience a selfless act. It sounds like an oxymoron. But, that’s reality. Humans have a soul. And when we experience a soulful act, it lifts us up!
It gets better:
Selfless acts are contagious. Anyone who witnesses those moments gets inspired, thus creating a snowball effect. After all, humans aspire to be bigger than themselves. To see beyond the surface. To connect. To let go of ourselves.
That is paradise!
Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom,