Getting to the heart of it

Dr. Paul Kalinithi died before finishing When Breath Becomes Air. The last paragraph of the book, which is about his life and journey with lung cancer, is this one, to his 8-month-old daughter:

“When you come to the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.”

Not sure there’s ever been a lovelier last paragraph.

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