Monday, August 22, 2011

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? 

Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz -- a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed sports columnist Mitch Albom for telling this universally touching story with such grace and humility. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

I read this for one of my book groups. I had read it before and have seen the movie based on the book. It is such a fabulous book that it is worth re-reading. What great life lessons Morrie has for all of us. We should all live our lives as though we are aware that we are going to die and we need to live our lives to the fullest.

Morrie mentions several times that most people try to ignore the fact that their days on earth are numbered and don't appreciate every minute, hour and day that they have left. And most of us don't appreciate the people and relationships in our lives because there is always time..... But his message is that we may not have the time and we need to live our lives as though we may not see our families and friends again - to not take them for granted.

What a wise man Morrie was. And I will plug the movie too, if you have not seen it, it is very good and well worth the time to watch it. Amazing life lessons!!

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