Unit 3 Key Questions
The impact Morrie had on your life?
The lessons you learned from Morrie?
How you will go on after he is gone?
Excerpts from Morrie’s favourite poet, W.H. Auden
Morrie’s use of aphorisms
| Oral Speaking Techniques
Morrie Schwartz was a great man. He was a man who searched for and found contentment in life by enjoying each moment to its fullest. He was my beloved husband and father of my two sons Rob and Jon. We will never forget his kindness, his compassion, and his love towards others. Through his guidance and wisdom; he has helped others figure out the meaning of life for themselves. Morrie has impacted me in a great way, and probably has to the rest of you. He has taught me peace, forgiveness, love, and compassion. I couldn’t have done it without him. He helped me build a strong family foundation filled with giving, receiving, love and affections. Most kids these days are shy of their parents, but not our family. Our family is quite the opposite because of Morrie. I have learnt a great many lessons from Morrie, and I’m sure a lot of these lessons you have learned as well. There are some important lessons I would like to share with all of you today, that Morrie would have liked me to say. First is his family. Morrie once said “If I was divorced, or living alone and had no children. This disease would be so much harder to get through. Sure people would come and visit, like friends and associates but it’s not the same as having someone who will not leave. Someone you know who is watching you, someone you know who truly loves you”. If I never had been taught that lesson, I wouldn’t be cherishing my family as much as I do today. One last great lesson Morrie has probably taught us all is “love goes on”. Morrie always said that when you die, your relationships you had on earth never dies. Your body leaves but people will always still have you in their hearts. Morrie will live on through all of us. I don’t, or haven’t really figured out how to move on from Morrie’s death but I’m sure he would always want us to move on and not live in the past. I think of what he used to do at his beginning stages of ALS. Morrie used to mourn every morning but not for long because he always needed time to enjoy the good things about life. He was the glass half full, always positive and never negative. I remember when Morrie used to work at that old home for mental people. Working at Chestnut Lodge was a pivotal experience for Morrie, he observed that most of the patients there had been rejected and ignored in their lives. They were made to feel that they didn’t exist. They also missed compassion, something the staff ran out of quickly. Many of these patients were from rich families, so their wealth did not buy them happiness. It was a lesson Morrie never forgot. The lessons that taught him about real love and compassion. There was a quote that Morrie always loved by his favourite poet W.H. Auden, and that was ”Love each other or perish.” He always used to say this, I think he probably told everybody that quote. It was the one piece of advice he found from someone else that he actually agreed upon. Morrie Schwartz, we your friends and loved ones celebrate your good and valued life. May goodness and mercy go before you always, Amen.
| * Smiling and crying at the same time to show people the compassion she had for him. * (Smiling when talking about lessons learned from him and while reading his poem.) * (crying while talking about how you will go on after he is gone, and the impact he on your life) * Laughing at a funny moment or a funny thing Morrie has done to show people it was funny to her, and to make the audience laugh as well * ( laughing while talking about the moment when he used to work at a hospital) * Putting your hand on your heart to show that he is still in there * ( puts her hand on her heart while reading the poem) * Tone of voice is happy but sad *...
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