Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.
Mitch Albom book “Tuesdays with Morrie” fell into my hands a couple of weeks ago. In one of the meeting of members of the club «Friendship of nations», I complained to my girlfriends that I cannot find in Iskenderun, Turkey store, in which I could buy books in English. Fortunately, I have addressed to the address, because each of those girls had at the home library a lot of books in English.
One of the first books that proposed to me Feyza, she is one of the member of the club «Friendship of nations» was Mitch Albom book “Tuesdays with Morrie”. With the words: “Start from that book. The book “Tuesdays with Morrie” is easy to read, and written in plain language,” Feyza gave me a book.
It was true, and the truth was that this book was invaluable. This masterpiece! I love books with a philosophical context. The book describes the real events. The history of relations between the dying sociology professor Morrie Schwartz and his student Mitch Albom. Morrie, being on the verge of life and death, says about the eternal questions “of life and death”, and Mitch recorded.
I will not tell you much about the book, just bring some quotes from it’s, and than you will be able to understand, do you want read “Tuesdays with Morrie” or not.
«The truth is, Mitch,» he said, «once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.»
«Love each other or perish,» Morrie said.
«You know what the Buddhists say? Don’t cling to things, because everything is impermanent.»
«But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself do dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognise that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.’»
«And, in addition to all the miseries, the young are not wise. That have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live everyday when you don’t know what’s going on? When people are manipulating you, telling you to buy this perfume and you’ll be beautiful, or this pair of jeans and you’ll be sexy – and you believe them! It’s such nonsense.»
«You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can’t wait until sixty-five.»
«Remember that I said about finding a meaning of life? I wrote it down, but now I can recite it: Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something gives you purpose and meaning.»
«… Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about own.»
«Still,» he said, «there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike.»
«I believe in being fully present,» Morrie said. «That means you should be with the person you’re with. When I’m talking to you now, Mitch, I try to keep focused only on what is going on between us. I am not thinking of what’s coming up this Friday. I am not thinking about doing another Koppel show, or about what medications I’m taking.»