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This week’s question, as suggested by Natalie Hearts Books is:
IS THERE A BOOK THAT YOU WERE REQUIRED TO READ IN SCHOOL THAT YOU ACTUALLY LOVED?
This is a little late but it’s been a long stressful day and have only now had time to sit down and relax. There was a book I loved that I was required to read in school actually. I’ve talked about it in another post but one of my all time favourite books is Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom!
Synopsis: A classic from the author of The First Phone Call from Heaven.
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.
I read this book in 9th Grade English with a small group of my peers. I was the only one who loved or even liked this book. This book changed my life, it changed the way I thought about love and life and the people in it. I have several copies and definitely need to reread it again soon. I honestly will always quote this quote because it speaks to everything in my being:
“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 to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
I can’t tell you the effect of these words on my younger self, the effect they still have. I think about this every day how so much is missing in my life. And I know it’s mostly because I force people out of my life all the time. I don’t know how to devote myself to others or anything else. I just really really love this book.