Tuesday’s with Morrie
“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.”
Tuesday’s with Morrie is a great inspirational book and that is why it is on our list of top 150 books of all time. This was my third time through it and I still found it helpful at making me look deeper at the things that should be important in life.
It is a book that is based on a true story about the last days of Morrie Schwartz’s life. Schwartz was a college professor in philosophy at Brandeis University up in till the time that he got ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tuesday’s with Morrie centers around a former student that Schwartz had mentored named Mitch Albom. Albom, upon leaving college, had become a highly successful sports reporter and author. Mitch, like so many of us, let the fast pace of life and the drive for success get in the way of keeping in touch with those he had met in life including his dear old professor.
Almost twenty years since Albom’s graduation during an episode of Nightline Albom sees his old professor being interviewed by Ted Koppel, and is shocked to find out that he is dying. Mitch, not having any work due to a labor dispute, decides to go see his mentor. At first Mitch just wants to stop by and apologize for not keeping in touch and basically make himself feel better about the whole situation. Fortunately for Mitch, that initial meeting led to a weekly meeting on Tuesdays where Morrie could teach his final lessons to Mitch and the rest of us that have read this wonderful book.
Tuesday’s with Morrie is a quick read, and should be on everybody’s must read list because it just hits home what most of us already feel is an absolute truth. That truth being the fact that people chasing after ever increasing materialistic rewards only do that to replace what they feel is missing from their lives. Tuesday’s with Morrie is far from a self-help book and thinking that reading this book will give you the answers to what is a fulfilling life in my opinion there is only one book that could do that and this is not it. So if this is not a self-help book then what is it? I believe this book was designed to get the reader to stop thinking about keeping up with the materialistic world for one second and ask themselves what kind of life do you want to live when your number is up. Is it a life filled with loving relationships or is it one chasing after material things? I give Tuesday’s with Morrie four out of five shells.