Tuesdays with Morrie and the Last Lecture

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Paper #3: Tuesday’s With Morrie & The Last Lecture
In Tuesday’s With Morrie, the book really gives you a different perspective on life. It teaches you how thinking positively can really shift your attitude. It also shows how much we should appreciate life and how we need to live each day to our fullest potential. At the end of the day to know that we’ve done our best. To summarize the three main ideas from this book can be illustrated with Morrie’s quotes. These quotes summarized are Live Life, Trust Others and Do Good. Live life; “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live”. (pg 53) This is such a powerful thought because the one limiting factor in our lives is fear. We have fear every day, fear of disappointing others, fear of things that are coming up, but most notably the fear of dying. We all know that it is coming but we all try our best to hide that and keep living. The perspective in the book gives you a completely different view. By knowing that death is coming and accepting that fact, you will begin to notice many more things in life. Perhaps it’s just the simple things when you actually let silence dominate for awhile. You’ll begin to notice the smallest sound, maybe the ticking of a clock, maybe a bug buzzing around. These are things that you would hardly notice if you were just going on with your busy life. I honestly think that’s the beauty in life. How powerful is it to get to a state where you can see and recognize these things. That’s why the quote is so powerful and eye opening in the sense that it shows only when we’re in the right state of mind can we really live. Morrie also emphasized to trust others “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 are in the dark. Even when you’re falling.” (pg 43) How often do we go through life rationalizing every single thing that happens? I’ve always been a strong believer in whatever is meant to happen will happen no matter what you do. Morrie also emphasized to do good. “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.” (pg 61) How many people do you know in your life are unhappy with their current position? How many don’t like their jobs? How many don’t feel like they have enough meaning in their life? It seems that especially in our society everyone is a walking zombie. They tend to pursue what they think is happiness, but really that happiness is being defined by others. I’m a strong believer that happiness is genuinely something that comes from within and it’s not an easy thing to maintain. You have to constantly work on being a good person and having a positive attitude in order to find meaning in life. This can be done in several ways whether it’s overall changing your attitude so that everything is more positive or maybe even quitting your job to pursue your passion. You get what you put into this life. If you push for your dreams you may not always get what you wanted but maybe it opens up other opportunities or teaches you valuable life lessons. This quote really tells us to reevaluate who we are and what we want to accomplish. Do some good in life. In Tuesday’s with Morrie, Morrie was the teacher and Mitch was the student, and most days the relationship stayed that way, but it was clear that Morrie was learning along with Mitch. I, too, have often had that same experience in my personal and work life. Morrie talked about this in his book, "By throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all...
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