Title: Tuesdays With Morrie
Author: Mitch Albom
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.
I have read Tuesdays with Morrie a year before and was instantly attached to the story like most readers. It wasn’t the death part that caught my attention, it wasn’t the philosophical touches of a dying man, it wasn’t because of the attention the book had but it was simply a book that called to me. It was like, the moment I saw the book, grab-pay-read. Here’s a short and sweet review for an amazing book.
I felt sadness, I cried, I held my breathe, I laughed, I paused and by the time I finished reading the book I just felt content and happy. It was like Morrie was talking to me directly and imparting knowledge that I can treasure and share. Despite the heavy topic, it was a very light and easy book to read. There is that sense of learning and acceptance that one feels without feeling pity for Morrie. With a very heavy burden, he was indeed a brave man facing his fate with complete surrender. It gives us a different take on death and definitely helps us understand life differently, well that’s what happened to me.
Here are a few quotes to share with ya’ll:
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of their waking hours feeling sorry for themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes, then on with the day.
So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too–even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.
Thank you Morrie for giving me the chance to know you a little and to remember you as years pass. Give this book sometime, highly recommended. Sappy at some level but definitely worthwhile.