Tuesdays with Morrie

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Tuesdays with Morrie is an inspirational book about a dying professor, Morrie Schwartz, and his former student Mitch Albom. Morrie learns that he has Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease and knows he is going to die. When Mitch hears about Morrie he decides to get in contact with him after sixteen years of absence. When they reunite Morrie teaches Mitch about so many of life’s lessons in the last fourteen weeks of his life. Morrie and Mitch meet on Tuesdays to discuss love, family, aging, marriage, forgiveness and how to have a meaningful life. Through Morrie’s dying eyes he is very clear to Mitch to discuss the important things in life, compassion and love.

Morrie tell Mitch “Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied; you won’t be envious and won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you will be overwhelmed with what comes back”. To me this is a true meaning of when you decide to do a good deed for another person, do it from your heart not because you have to but because you want to. People sometimes do things for others to get recognition or out of guilt and these kinds of deeds do not come from the heart.

This leads into another quote from Morrie, “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because there’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving other, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose

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and meaning.” If people were more considerate of others and not so worried about themselves, maybe the culture that we live in would not be so harsh. I remember when I was young; the neighborhood I grew up in was like a small community. We knew just about everyone on the street, we help each other in times of...