Tuesdays with Morrie

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I will never forget this book. Thanks to my beloved professor to whom I look up to,Mam Angelina Borican for lending me this book and at the same time for making my college days at Polytechnic University of the Philippines worth while especially when I was serving as a student assistant at her office. I totally miss those days and the times that she would give me advices, her wonderful stories of wisdom and how she love her family more than anything else in the world plus she is so dedicated in her craft which is teaching.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 non-fiction novel by Mitch Albom. Again, one of my favorite American writer who never seized to make me cry whenever I am reading his works.  This book was later adapted into a TV movie.

This is a story about a teacher who changed his life by showing him the true reasons we were put here, and the things we should cherish. Albom starts as an average journalist to find that his favorite college professor is dying. He travels many miles and meets with his old teacher every Tuesday, and Morrie, his old professor teaches him new things about life, and what we should really look for. Mitch realizes how much better his life is with all the help from Morrie, and becomes a better person. Its a heart warming, book that gives us all a lesson in the end.
This book should be read by people of all ages. This book touched me and made me think about the things that are really important in life. This book is a MUST read. Buy this book for yourself, then pass it on to a person you love: mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband, friend or teenager, everyone should read this book.
One of my favorite quotes in this book is: “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
Morrie says this during the fourth Tuesday when he and Mitch discuss death. Morrie feels that people refuse to believe that they will one day die, and therefore, do not live there lives as fully as they would have liked and also have many regrets as they become older and their death becomes closer. He feels that once we learn and accept that we are one day going to die, we learn to live our lives fully and without any regrets. Morrie repeats this quote frequently throughout the chapter to emphasize how important and helpful it is to accept death, and what a benefit it would be to living the remainder of our lives. Morrie also wants Mitch to see how he is able to appreciate the smaller, more genuine things in life, knowing that his death is approaching.
Another favorite of mine is: “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
Morrie states that as long as we can love each other and remember this feeling of love, we can die without ever going away because all of the love we have created will still remain. He states that after we die, we live on in the hearts of everyone we have touched and nurtured while we were on earth. This also emphasizes and expands on Morrie’s concept of always giving love and compassion; if we are able to form these loving relationships while we are on earth, not only will we live more fulfilled and substantial lives, but when we die, our love and relationship will remain in the hearts of those who we love. At the end of the novel, during Morrie’s funeral, Mitch has an internal conversation with Morrie. He feels very comfortable and serine in the conversation; this is because he and Morrie had expressed their love and compassion for one another during Morrie’s life, and now their relationship is in each others hearts.
A Two Thumbs up movie for me. Forever.

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