Wow! Yes, truly.
This book, or rather this story is simply beautiful. The sentiment isn’t new, but the exchange is powerful and engaging ─ the continuous theme of Life being fondly knitted together at every step of this unexpectedly loving journey.
I had had tuesdays with Morrie on my reading list for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that it physically came into my sphere by way of my mum. Finally, I could tick another book off my ginormous reading list!
It was 11.39pm, and while waiting for the kettle to boil for my last cup of tea, I decided to do some dynamic-waiting, and read a few lines in the interim. Three hours later, I had read the last line! What a story! What a human being! (and no I didn’t get to have that cup of tea; I was far too engrossed to make it!)
The Universe works in unique ways! A lot of the time it doesn’t make sense, doesn’t seem fair. But oh, boy does it compute ─ on a soul-level. It’s all in the accepting ─ graciously accepting and then continuing to live, move, learn, teach, laugh and love.
I was so sad ─ that I had finished reading it! But simultaneously inspired. I was so completely energised and happy despite now not being able to fall asleep, even at 3:20am!
This is one of the few books (and I have read many!) I’ve wanted to shout about from my milk crate. It’s just one of those books that must.be.read…now. But, while I’m short on milk crates, allow me to use my CyberCorner to urge you all to read tuesdays with Morrie.
For me, the entire book is a highlight, so I’ll just give you a few teasers to whet your reading-for-life (and death!) appetite.
Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
“Like I said, no-one really believes they’re going to die.”
“But everyone knows someone who has died,” I said.
“Because,” Morrie continued, “most of us all walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to.”
“And facing death changes all that?”
“Oh, yes. You strip away all that stuff and you focus on the essentials. When you realise you are going to die, you see everything much differently.”
He sighed, “Learn how to die, and you learn how to live.”
Putting a limit on it.
I asked Morrie if he felt sorry for himself.
“Sometimes, in the mornings” he said. “That’s when I mourn…But then I stop mourning.”
“Just like that?”
“I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life. On the people…on the stories…Mitch, I don’t allow myself any more self-pity than that. A little each morning, a few tears, and that’s all.”
I love that it’s not about denying the self-pity, but more about accepting it, and allowing it to happen. And then…giving it a time-slot. That way, we still have choices ─ the privilege of decision. I love that.
Invest in the human family.
“People are only mean when they’re threatened…and that’s what our culture does. That’s what our economy does. Even people who have jobs in our economy are threatened, because they worry about losing them. And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself. You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture…Which is why I don’t buy into it.
Every society has its own problems. You have to work at creating your own culture.
The problem, Mitch, is that we don’t believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own.
But believe me, when you are dying, you see it is true. We all have the same beginning – birth – and we all have the same end – death. So how different can we be? Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you.”
I could go on…letting you in on the many gems that shine so brightly from these pages. But I’ll stop now, and let you seek out the book, and find your own way through tuesdays with Morrie.
This Leseratte signing off with BIG love xx