Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom is a story of the love between a man and his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. This is a true story which captures the compassion and wisdom of a man who only knew good in his heart. A man who lived his life to the fullest, even until the very last breath of his happily fulfilled life. It is a story of a special bond of friendship that was lost for many years, but never forgotten and simply picked up again at a crucial time of both Morrie's and Mitch's lives. When Morrie learned that he had only a few months to live with the deadly disease of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, Morrie began the last class of his life with Mitch - life's greatest lesson. Throughout the last fourteen weeks of Morrie's life, Mitch met with him every Tuesday to learn and understand all the wisdom and lessons of life that were within Morrie. Their weekly routine consisted of lunch and lecture. These meetings included discussions on everything from the world when you enter it to the world when you say goodbye.
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and how to let it come in.” (p. 52) This was Morrie’s first life lesson about the world. His response comes from answering Mitch’s question about how someone could care for people whom they don’t even know. While it is a fairly simplistic thought; being able to give out and receive love. It is what a good majority of people have yet to fully learn. When one imagines a peaceful world without war, you generally are thinking about people loving and respecting one another. Therefore I believe that Morrie is dead on when he says that is one of life’s lessons that people need to learn.
“Not everyone is so lucky.” (p. 57) The second lesson Morrie had taught Mitch was about feeling sorry for one’s self. This is a rather surprising life lesson as, Morrie, with his ALS weakening him each day, has been able to notice that while he has it bad, there are others who have it worse. What Mitch doesn’t realize when Morrie first says this, was that Morrie has all that he needs; people to talk to. This life lesson is important in the way that it teaches you to appreciate the things you have and to not worry about the things you don’t have. Most people use the example of Americans who have a lot of food, but are wasteful and often throw it out, opposed to other countries in the world such as those in Africa.
“The Culture doesn’t encourage you to think about such things until you’re about to die. We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks--we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?” (p.64)
The third Tuesday brings on a discussion about regrets. Mitch at the time had one regret in particular and that was the fact that he hadn’t come to visit Morrie sooner. Regrets often become present when one makes a decision which isn’t one they aren’t always satisfied with. I am constantly filled with regrets because I am the type of person who has to think everything over before I even consider acting upon anything. However, regrets generally bring up the question of, ‘what if...’ The way I see it, regrets are somewhat pointless because half the time you cannot act upon them because what is done is done. It’s all just in the past. This reminds me of a famous quote from Kung Fu Panda, “You are too concerned with what was and what will be. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.”
“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” (p. 82) Week four of their class brought up the discussion of death. Morrie mentions that once you realize you are going to die you see things differently. I agree...
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