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
Tuesdays With Morrie 3 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 need. Every fall about five of the family on the street would get together and rake leaves in each others yards. There were a lot of blisters on our hands but there was also a lot of laughing and fun times. This nstilled in me helping others. When I think back on that time I feel warm and happy inside. As I read this book I liked the way Morrie grab on to the fact that he was dying and accepted it. He says that it is good that you understand you are going to die because you can live a better life if you do. I think most people deny that fact that they are dying. It’s hard to accept you are dying and not knowing exactly when could be frightening. I think if I knew I was dying I would talk and teach my children all of the feelings and the real meaning of life that I know.
I would want them to know its ok; I’m ok just like Morrie let Mitch know. When my father was dying he was in denial, I will never forget when he said to me, “Dee, what do you think I’m going to die? ” my answer to him was yes dad I do. He was a lot like Morrie in the fact that near the end he could not do certain things for himself and it was sad to see him ask for that kind of help. I don’t think he was embarrassed about it because he had no choice.
The book gave me insight on both characters and to how sensitive they were towards each others feelings and how they learned from one another. I would have like to Tuesdays With Morrie 4 have had the chance to read this book when my father was in passing but it has given me understanding now. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to many different people. This is a very heart warming and inspirational book. I think that anyone that reads this book can take something important from it and apply it to their life.