Tuesday with morrie

How to give a summary of such a powerful book seems to me to be beyond comprehension. The book has left me so full of life, so committed to changing the way I behave, the way I think, the way I feel about life, death, how I treat others, and how I spend the hours of everyday. The book has left me with thousands of zooming thoughts in my head, like moths circling a light bulb, just trying to feel the soothing heat being radiated from it’s ember glow. The way I feel after reading this book, must be how an immigrant felt when taking those first steps onto American soil. Extremely overwhelmed yet so filled with anticipation for the new life they can lead, if only they make the right choices for themselves, and not fall into the pitfalls of society’s culture, but make a culture of their own. ” Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a community of those you love and who love you”
The main character of the book is a College professor at Brandeis University in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. His name is Morrie Schwartz. One of his students (who he hasn’t seen in sixteen years) has just heard the news of his favorite professors, battle with
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ASL), Lou Gehrig’s disease, a brutal, unforgiving illness of the neurological system with no known cure.
The student, Mitch Albom, (also the author) decides to fulfill the promise he had made to Morrie after graduation, of keeping in contact. He catches a flight to Massachusetts on a Tuesday and does this for the next several Tuesdays till the death of Morrie. On those Tuesdays, classes were being held, not in the all too familiar classrooms of the college, but in the intimate setting of Morrie’s home. They would write their final thesis paper on “The Meaning of Life.” The paper was to include but not be limited to the following topics: Death, Fear, Aging, Greed, Marriage, Family, Society, Forgiveness, and A Meaningful Life. Every Tuesday when Mitch would arrive he could see the brutal deterring of Morrie’s small disease infested body. Yet the spirit of this small dying man was bigger than life itself. This confused Mitch, but as the story progresses Mitch begins to comprehend why this man with only months to live is still so filled with life. Morrie points out on more then one occasions “That until you learn how to die, You can’t learn how to live.” “Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did we would do things differently.” He points out that everyone should be prepared for death. That way you can actually be more involved in living. This confused me, how can one prepare for death? Until I read further, Morrie states ” Do what the Buddhist do. Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?’ ” Most of us walk around as if we we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience life fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing the things we think we have to do. Facing death however, changes all of that.
This book points out that a meaningful fulfilled life, is not measured on material possessions. But on how many lives you have touched, by giving someone an ear to talk to, a kiss, a hug, a wave, a thank you, a wink, a positive affirmation, or a simple hi how are you. In simple “Love each other or perish”
Right up till Morrie’s last gasping dying breath he gave 110% of himself to all the lives he had touched. He spread more love in a few short months then most of us do in a lifetime. He faced all his emotions and worked all the way through them, then let them go. That way when he was faced once again with an emotion he could identify it, feel it, and let it go. He didn’t have to fear what he was feeling. His life had meaning. His life will live on in all the people he physically touched, and all of us who his spirit has touched deeply. A spirit so heartfelt within the pages of this inspiring book.