It is amazing how Mitch Albom has created a short memoir that stays with you for a lifetime. Such is the power of the teachings of Morrie Schwartz.
Mitch gives a visit to his former sociology professor, Morrie, who was slowly giving away to a disease named ALS, every Tuesday to discuss life’s greatest and most asked questions. Morrie, in the last days of his life, wants Mitch to learn to realize what all things should hold importance in his life and what should not.
If you are new to the non-fiction genre, you should definitely give this book a read. A few words cannot sum up what this book has taught me and many others and this is exactly how a teacher would have wanted to live even after death, in the hearts and minds of his students and everyone who reads this book considers themselves as Morrie’s students.
Mitch gives a visit to Morrie for 14 consecutive Tuesdays until Morrie dies. During these 14 Tuesdays Mitch and all of us learn something so simple yet so complicated aspects of life. Teachers like Morrie are very rare and if you ever find one remember to keep them close and be in touch with them.
You learn about death, life, regrets, culture, world, family, emotions, love and in these few chapters you understand and you realize some of the most delicate and important issues in your life.
These are some of Morrie’s teachings:
- “Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.”
- Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.
- We think we don’t deserve love; we think if we let it in, we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levine said it right. He said, ‘Love is the only rational act.
- Love each other or perish
- Detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it.
This book should a part of the curriculum in schools and colleges in our country, they are being taught math and science and arts but who is going to teach them about life. Morrie’s experiences can help shape young minds in a better way.
As Morrie is gradually dying, he knows what’s really important in our lives. Through his teachings, you realize that no amount of money or fame will give you satisfaction but it is love that will help you sail through the storms in your life. Love, learn, and grow while you’re alive, give to your community as much as you can, and in the end what matters the most is the people who you have loved and cherished, the relationships you have built in your lifetime.