April 17, 2017

I'm really happy I didn't take an entire month to read this book.

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, and 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. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? 

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie 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. - Goodreads

My Thoughts
My first initial reaction when I finished this book was, "holy shit, why am i crying?". Tuesdays with Morrie is the simplest book I've ever read, yet it had one of the greatest affects on me. I wouldn't say it was life changing, but it was worth reflecting on my attitude towards life for sure. I loved getting to know Morrie and I only wished I knew him in real life. He radiates so much love and happiness just through the pages of the book. Every moment spent with him, I didn't want to end. I feel that if I knew him in real life, he would've been my favorite person to talk to. Morrie gives so much wisdom and advice to Mitch. It's nothing that you've probably never heard before, it's just the way he says it, and the situation in which he says it. Morrie is the epitome of a ball of sunshine. Even in his darkest and most cripple times, he still finds something to smile and laugh about. He realizes how rare and beautiful it is to exist, and I feel like the song Saturn by Sleeping At Last was meant to be written for him. Morrie not only showed Mitch a new meaning to life, but he helped a lot of other people stop going through the motions of life, and start to embrace each moment as it comes. I learned a lot from this book. It's definitely one of my favorites, and something that I'll hold close to my heart.



Favorite Quotes (there's a lot so prepare yourself)

"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it".

"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 busy 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".

"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live".

"If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely".

"It's very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it".

"We've got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it--and have it repeated to us--over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore"

"Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have".

"Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won't be dissatisfied, you won't be envious, you won't be ;ongoing for somebody else's things. On the contrary. you'll be overwhelmed with what comes back".

"Here’s what I mean by building your own little subculture. I don’t mean you disregard every rule of your community. I don’t go around naked, for example. I don’t run through red light. The little things, I can obey. But the big things – how we think, what we value – those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone – or any society – determine those for you".

"Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you".

Until next time


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