A friend of mine recently celebrated the long-awaited arrival of his first child and almost overnight he became a different man. He drove his car a bit more cautiously. His facial expression looked a little more mature. His approach to work seemed more focused. While lovingly cradling his infant, he said to me, “Rabbi, I can’t believe what I created!”
I pretended not to hear him and cupping a hand about my ear, I asked, “What was that I heard?” He repeated what he had just told me. “No, no,” I said. “I heard you all right but I had to listen a bit more carefully to hear your son.”
“My son?” he asked, looking baffled. “Yes, your son just said exactly the same thing. He moved a tiny finger to point at you and he murmured, ‘Rabbi, I can’t believe what I created.’ “
I continued, “Yes, I think it true that more than a man creates a child, it is the child who creates a father.”
There are many life transforming experiences. Many have the potential to transform us into our higher selves while, of course, there are those experiences which will transform us into lesser beings. Then there are experiences, like watching cat videos on the Internet, which do nothing at all.