Everyone should have a person like Morrie in their life. That person who guides you to live a meaningful life, act as your reality checker, an active listener, a shade in the scorching heat, who gives that much-required push when in self-doubt. Those who have read Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom would agree with me without a doubt.
Let me tell you something about Morrie. He was the kind of teacher every student yearns. He teaches to prepare students to face the test of life and enable his students to understand their potential and strength. Easy going, accessible, down-to-earth, level-headed, he was a people’s person and instantly stood out in the crowd. He knows and possesses a lot of knowledge, and he knows how to convey it so that others could understand. I believe that makes a teacher great.
Unfortunately, his fulfilling life was cut short due to a rare disease ALS which withered his body but couldn’t touch his spirit. He showed how to live life and how to be graceful even in death. Morrie cannot die. The author Mitch Albom has made him immortal through this book Tuesday with Morrie, and the life lessons of Morrie will inspire whoever reads it.
You must have read many self-help books stating the importance of letting go. But how to let-go? Morrie has shown how to let-go, and Mitch Albom has captured it beautifully in the book. I have to admit, Mitch Albom masters the art of storytelling. It felt like I was witnessing the various stages of Morrie’s disease from my own eyes. And how Morrie braced himself for it. I bitterly cried when Morrie died as if I knew him all my life.
Tuesday with Morrie is a powerful and convincing book on life and death. You might think such books have to be complicated and would consume a lot of attention. But it is not the case with this book. Morrie says the truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. Awareness about death makes people conscious of their physical and mental well-being and their dear ones’ surroundings. You start prioritizing the important works along with the urgent ones.
Reading Tuesday with Mitch once is not enough. I would love to revisit the book often to understand life and death. It’s an epic book with only 200 pages relaying life-altering lessons.