"Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient, and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last few months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.
Tuesdays With Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world."
This is quite a heavy read, especially considering the time of year that it is. Then again, given Morrie's dying message to the world, perhaps this is something that we need to hear soon, regardless of the weather outside and regardless of whether or not we're spending time with family. It's never too late to try and get your life back in order. I have family that have already made New Year's resolutions and they have started already since that is what works for their lifestyle. They've rejected our cultural norm of making a change on January first. Really, life does not begin anew on January first. It only continues.
I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust for years now. I don't really know what possessed me to pick it up this time when I came home, but I'm glad I did. I read a lot of books about death, but never has anyone been so straightforward about what death is like-- the mental process before death, for example: learning to forgive others, learning to love yourself, finding a purpose that makes you know that life is worth living. It seems so simple when you're given these answers in book form, but I don't think it could be a harder mission, especially if you feel that you've lost track of yourself somewhere along the way as you went away to college, tried to find a job, attempted to see the world, if you decide to marry someone someday, etc. All of these things, and others too, are beautiful and wonderful things to do in your life, but you need to do them for the right reasons and sometimes with your own interests in mind.
I'm incredibly happy to have been introduced to such an incredible person as Morrie. Thank you, Mitch Albom. Most other readers couldn't have hoped to know him on such an intimate level if it hadn't been for you. Not even the television networks could give us such a glimpse into Morrie's life. But that's a matter of personal opinion, I suppose.
This is a book that everyone should read no matter where you are in your walk of life and no matter your religious or cultural background, since we all have the same beginning and the same ending: birth to death. It's never too late to start thinking about the rest of your life and how you perceive it. Why not start now?
If you want a book that sticks with you, look no further.
I give 'Tuesdays with Morrie':