Kim’s Entertainment Blog

June 16, 2009

How fitting that today is Tuesday

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A couple of days ago, a friend of mine from work loaned me the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.  She loves the book and thought I would enjoy it too.  I just finished reading it and felt compelled to get a few of my thoughts written down.

First, a brief synopsis for those not familiar with the story (which has been made into this movie).  The story centers around the life lessons taught to the author by his former university professor, Morrie Schwartz.  Morrie is dying of ALS, and each week, on Tuesdays, Mitch visits him at his home.  In the conversations the men have, lessons are taught about life, death, and love, amongst other things.  It is a true story.

Before I was given the book to read, another guy in the office read the book.  When he returned it, he said he enjoyed it but it also made him sad because people haven’t really changed.  Since I hadn’t started reading the book yet, I wasn’t really sure what he meant.  Now that I’ve finished the story, I have a slightly different point of view. 

I think as a whole, humankind is really falling behind in the quest for the “meaning” of life.  Waaaayyyy too much time, attention and care are placed on work and beauty and getting ahead.  The world would truly be a better place if, as a species, we all spent a little more time living in the moment and enjoying what is right in front of us.  The lessons about love that Morrie imparts are especially important, I think.  Particularly in North America, our culture may glorify romance and the pursuit of a soulmate, but not a whole lot of attention is paid to what you should do after you’ve found that love.  If we valued our relationships more, and really showed our emotions towards our loved ones, I think a lot of that artificial garbage that we hold so dear would fall away naturally. 

As an individual I can understand and value the lessons taught to Mitch by Morrie.  I wholeheartedly agree with all the advice given in the book.  But, and this is a big one, I think each of us has to come to it in our own way.  There is something magical about learning these lessons from the right person at the right time in your life.  We value the lessons a lot more if we seek them out rather than have them spoonfed to us.  That’s not to say that I can’t take some of the advice I’ve read and apply it to my life, but I do think it’s a little naive to think that once you’ve read this book, you will immediately rush out and make a bunch of changes to your life.  If you are in a stage of your life where you’re ready to do so, good for you!  If you aren’t, I don’t think you should feel bad about that!  Keep the lessons you learned in your heart and mind so they are there waiting for you when you’re ready for them.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to be inspired, anyone who needs to be reminded why we’re on this planet, and anyone who is looking for the meaning of life!

Have you read this book, dear readers?  What did you think?

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