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, helped you see the world as a more profound place, 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, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch 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.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world. Beautifully written throughout. A book dedicated to the late professor, who the author loved, respected and admired.
In fact, this book has profoundly affected me. There are several quotes from the late Morrie worth mentioning.
Morrie’s philosophies about living with death’s shadow:
“Accept what you are able to do and what you are able not to do”
“Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it”
“Learn too forgive yourself and to forgive others”
Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved”
“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 the are 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”
“Be compassionate, and take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place”
From all the books, I read last year so far, this book by far surpassed others.