I recently read a book that left a permanent impact on me. What’s even more shocking is that I really had no high expectations for it. My friend recommended Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and although I have been wanting to read it for a while, I literally put it off for months. I finally decided to read it on my flight home the other day, and much to my surprise I finished the entire book in one sitting. What makes this book so special? Well I’m not really sure there’s a direct answer, but I will tell you this – it brought new meaning into my life and opened my eyes to things I always knew, but subconsciously ignored. This book is a true story about life’s greatest lessons, taught by an old professor named Morrie who was dying from a crippling illness. Now that might sound morbid at first, but it was one of the most uplifting and lively stories I have ever read. This book inspired me to immediately add meaning to my life, and here are some ways I plan to do it.
Nurture Your Relationships
If nothing else, this book inspired me to reconnect with old acquaintances and reminded me of the significance of every relationship I have. The author of the book hadn’t seen his old college professor in nearly 20 years, but one day decided to visit him, and it unknowingly changed his life forever. Every person that crosses your path in life does so for a reason. Sometimes you know the reason immediately, but sometimes you discover it later on. Relationships should be nurtured always, and treasured forever. “Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you.” You never really know what impact someone can have on your life until you give them the chance. So be open to befriending strangers and focus on growing your relationships. This book seriously made me want to reconnect with some of my college professors, because who knows – maybe they can change my life too.
You’re probably just as confused by this one as I was, but stay with me. Morrie teaches that detaching yourself from your emotions is the only way to live fully. Detaching yourself from an emotion means you allowed that emotion to affect you fully and completely. You experienced the love, sadness, anger, or whichever emotion to its absolute core and after recognizing it, you can let go of 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…” This seems confusing, but makes a lot of sense if you really think about it. Experiencing all the emotions and then detaching yourself from them fulfills your life and therefore makes it more meaningful.
“Love Each Other or Die”
This was repeated throughout the entire book as Morrie’s mantra, and what a powerful mantra it is. Every conversation the author had with Morrie, every lesson he learned was based on the obvious foundation that love is always the answer, love always wins, etc.… But it’s true – there really is nothing as powerful as love. Although we know it subconsciously because it’s repeated to us all the time, we still sometimes manage to forget it. Love should be a constant, lifelong practice and it is the most meaningful thing you can do.“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we think if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, ‘Love is the only rational act.'”
This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what this books has taught me about life and death. Do yourself a favor, read Tuesdays with Morrie, and start living a more meaningful life.
A working professional and a lifelong dreamer, Bohdana strives to merge her passions with her everyday reality. She is a proud Ukrainian and a loyal Chicagoan (despite the winters). She loves traveling, reading, pursuing self-improvement, and sharing her stories. Allow this blog to bring you motivation and inspiration on your own journey to rise beyond.