Tuesdays With Morrie
In todays society it seems we’re constantly distracted with social media, youth, electronics, work, and materialistic achievements, it is inevitable we are left with little time to enjoy a meaningful life. “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 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”- Morrie Shwartz
Tuesdays with Morrie is a non-fiction book written by Mitch Albon, who recounts the last days spent with his 78 year old sociology professor Morrie Schwartz. Mitch the successful sports writer finds himself overwhelmed with his day to day lifestyle, and after seeing his favorite professor on the television show ‘Nightline’, decides to rekindle the cherished relationship. Despite a 16 year lapse, the bitter sweet story of a ‘Coach’ (Morrie) and his ‘player’ (Mitch) is beautifully unveiled through 14 Tuesdays of what Mitch Albon refers to as ‘Life’s greatest lesson’.
As the charming Morrie delves into his experience of life, death, family, love, money, regret, and saying goodbye he is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His unapologetic delivery is both moving and humbled. As the two characters develop a father and son like relationship the bond is completely life changing. 192 pages full of quotes I personally plan to live by such as, “The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” I strongly suggest picking up a copy if you haven’t already.
On a more personal note, be carful of reading it in public. Tuesdays With Morrie may or may not have snuck up and tugged at my heart, sending tears down my cheeks.