Tuesdays With Morrie: A Review

Tuesdays With Morrie

By Mitch Albom

Anchor Books

ISBN: 0-307-27563-9

I do believe that things come to us when we need them even it we are not aware of our need. Finding Tuesdays With Morrie was like that for me.

I found this book at my local book store.  As most of us do, I read the inside cover and the back cover and spot read the book itself.  Something in it spoke to me and so I purchased it, took it home, and read it in one night.

At the time, I know, I felt lost.  All the guideposts I had come to count on in my life to help me make sense of it were either gone or no longer provided me with any sense of connection or security.  Each day seemed to be greyer than the one before it.  And as I looked ahead, I could see nothing with light or colour or lightness of spirit.

As I read this book, waves moved through me.  I saw myself in Mitch’s confusion and pain.  I felt as if Morrie was speaking to me.  As Morrie told Mitch, the culture we live in does not make us happy or help us to feel good about ourselves.  We’ve learned to strive for the wrong things: things which do not feed our spirit.  And so, we have to have the courage to say that if that culture doesn’t work for us, we will no longer buy into it. In reading about how Morrie Schwartz created his own culture through conversation, interaction, and affection and care for others even as he was dying, I was changed.

Morrie also told Mitch, his former student, that once we learn how to die, we learn how to live.  When faced with our own mortality, we have the opportunity to strip away all the things and beliefs, values, and attitudes that clutter up our lives.  And we can focus on the essentials of life and then we can choose for ourselves differently.  I have held Morrie’s counsel to Mitch close to myself:

  • Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do.
  • Accept the past as past without denying or discarding it.
  • Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others.
  • Don’t assume it’s too late to get involved.

There are a few books which I revisit in my life.  Somehow I reach out for the one that my spirit knows I need.  This is one of those books for me.  At times when my life gets cluttered and noisy and grey, I read it again and I am changed in the moment.

The book is an easy read – gentle, thoughtful, human, moving, often funny, and very real.

My wish for those who read this book or have read it and choose to re-read it:  may you find yourSelf through Morrie’s final class.

 

 

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About Authentic Vibrations

My life is about learning and personal growth. I was an educator in the public secondary system for over 33 years. I now work with women, individually and in small groups, using words and music, art and language to help them explore their individaul sense of self in ways with are authentically meaningful for each of them. I also facilitate discussions with educators at all stages of their involvement in the teaching profession to help each of us explore the meaning, value and potential of learning and teaching. It is my belief that, in working individually and in collective, we have the power to transform and evolve. In the power of the collectives which we create together is the power to create culture. As a musician, I believe that the arts have the power to change lives. Certification: CODE Model™ Coach WEL-Systems® Institute Affiliate Education: Ed. D (c) (Applied Psychology – Focus on Teaching) University of Toronto M. Ed (Curriculum Development and Design) Queen’s University (1992) B. Ed (Music, English, Elementary Education) University of Toronto (1976) Mus. Bac. (Music Education) University of Toronto (1975) RCM Grade 4 Harmony, Grade 4 History, Grade 9 Voice, Grade 10 Piano Awards: Life Membership, Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (2009)
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