Tuesdays with Morrie | Book Review | Bibliophile Reads Blog | Juhi Singh

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." "The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say, if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it." -Morrie Schwartz

These words by Morrie Schwartz from the book sums up what we need to do in life to be simply content.

"Tuesdays with Morrie" (TWM) is quite a famous book and I didn't have any intentions to read it as it was for my later TBR but when I saw the book at my neighbor's house, I immediately borrowed it. TWM has been a lively read for me although the book deals with the sensitive topic of death still the book was a warm and comforting read all because of the protagonist Professor Morrie Schwartz and his real-life experiences which he shares. Also, it was inspiring and eye-opening as to how wonderfully he tried to live his life from the start by being content in the real meaning of life which is not in material things rather material things are just good enough for survival, isn't this how we used to live our lives just a couple of decades ago! Yes, Professor Morrie Schwartz teaches us this meaning of life, every time we'll read this book, let it be today or in coming years. The book is classic, simple and provokes us to search and live with the real meaning of life through its lucid yet compelling words.

The novel is based on the real-life story of Author Mitch Albom and his favorite Professor Morrie Schwartz who is terminally ill and how in his final days of life, he gave hope, provided a sense of comfort, and touched the hearts of many people by being compassionate to them in real sense and more importantly teaches us the way, how to be simply content in our lives.

Well after reading the book, various people will have various views about the book but in my opinion, while reading this book, the book will be understood as per the experience of the person in his/her/them personal life. For me, the book made my experiences more clear and taught me that indeed communication, building a community, and being involved in life is a way to living life in a real sense and is possible only when we open ourselves to people and give importance to the person in front of us rather than being lost and not living in the present moment with the present person and life around us, just because we are anticipating future which is nothing but our present.

Also, being involved and experiencing every emotion by going through that emotion completely is the key to live a fuller and fearless life because once we go through a process instead of avoiding it, there we become fearless and start living consciously.

How can one experience emotions, by fully experiencing it, each & every emotion, without being attached to it.
-Being detached but experiencing it all.

"If you hold back on the emotions, if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid."
-Morrie Schwartz

So the author meets his favorite professor Morrie after years of graduating from the university when he comes to know about the condition of his teacher, who was now suffering from a terminal illness and is in his final days of life. Their casual meeting turns into life lessons for the author as they start to meet every Tuesday to have meaningful conversations on various topics such as Death, Fear, Aging, Greed, Marriage, Forgiveness, A meaningful life, etc.

Although the book teaches us things, it cannot be considered self-help rather it's one of the best memoir worth reading.

💫Sharing heart-warming Snippets from some Tuesdays with Morrie❤💖💌💓

"Everyone knows they're going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently."

Why is it so hard to think about dying? 
"Because, 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 do."
And facing death changes all that?
"Oh, yes. You strip away all that stuff and you focus on the essentials. Learn how to die, and you will learn how to live."

"Even I don't know what 'spiritual development' really means. But I do know we're deficient in some way. We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don't satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted."

Morrie nodded towards the window with the sunshine streaming in. "You see that? You can go out there, outside anytime. You can run up and down the block and go crazy. I can't do that."

"The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand toady if it isn't the family. If you don't have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don't have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, Love each other or perish."

"As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at Twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it."


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