Author : Mitch Albom
Publisher : Anchor Books
Year : 2006
Page : xiii + 192
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in (p.52)
This book struck me hard on my believe about life, love and the meaning of fighting. Morrie Schwartz, the main character in this book was struggling to keep on pacing his life to the max while he got amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AMS). He might be old because of his biological age, but he’s a wise man for his understanding of love and life. He is also a fighter, tough one. For he never giving up until his last breath. He kept on teaching others about what he believes is true, and it is. As his student, Mitch Albom, done a great work in explaining the meaning of love and life in the eye of his old professor.
I like this book because I love the lesson that Morrie wanted to share to us. It’s very touching. He believed that life is more meaningful when we could devote ourself to love others & to community and to create something that give us purpose and meaning (p. 43). He has been known as a great lecturer, a wonderful father and husband; and a friendly friend for he was always being fully present (p. 135). When he’s talking to someone, it means that he’s thinking about that someone and be with that someone.
He also believes in LOVE. He quoted Levine, “Love is the only rational act”. I did not grab it at first, because I haven’t felt the pure and true love in my life. But then when I think back, I found one example of true love, which is the love of my parents. They were together at first and they are still together up till today! Morrie believes that marriage is very important and we’re missing a hell of a lot if we don’t try it (p. 149). Guess that we should try …
Morrie also taught me to release all the sadness, pain and hard times by “giving myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life” (p. 57). What a great way out! We can cry if feel too sad or too hard to handle those hard times, but we can’t forget all the good things that ever happened (or still happening) in our lives!
At the end, don’t forget that “None of us can undo what we’ve done, or relives a life already recorded” (p. 190). So, we better do wonderful things as much as we can do while we’re living… such as: Giving out LOVE.
These Tuesdays with Morrie had taught me a lot of lessons. Things that I won’t get from school. He got that experiences and he shared it with us. You’re missing a hell of a lot if you don’t read this book…