3. Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom, the author, describes his hectic life as a sports writer, jet setting around the world, reaching all his goals in life but still missing something essential. When Mitch accidentally sees his former teacher and mentor from college on Night Line with Ted Koppel, Mitch is curious and contacts him. Unfortunately, Morrie is dying from ALS and as their relationship grows, so does the ravages of this disease. Each Tuesday, Morrie and Mitch have a session where some of life’s simplest ideas are discussed. Morrie manages to always remain positive and optimistic, despite his diagnosis. The book is very easy and fast to read, it is this kind of book that I can read on the way to work, because it is very easy to get into it again and continue reading after you have put it away. It is not extremely poetic nor does it introduce you to highly philosophical theories about the meaning of life, but it is very refreshing and leaves you thinking about your life and how you spend your time. It is a cute little reminder of how important it is to not just live your life, but to actually feel alive.
“Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. Most people can’t do it.”
“Don’t cling to things, because everything is impermanent… But 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…You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief… But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely.You know what pain is. You know what love is. “All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.”
You can find the book here:
Tuesdays with Morrie
Dienstags bei Morrie: Die Lehre eines Lebens