The Genuine Meaning of a Teacher
Mitch Albom, a former student and friend of Morrie, wrote “Tuesday’s with Morrie” to reflect the times he spent with Morrie before Morrie passed away.
A thought provoking story of life, death, identity, existence, acceptance, journeys and much more, “Tuesday’s with Morrie,” leaves readers open to question all elements of his or her life.
Described as “the runaway bestseller that changed millions of lives, “Tuesday’s with Morrie” teaches us life’s greatest lessons.
Readers learned what is important in life, to live each moment to the fullest, and to not take anything in life for granted.
The author Mitch Albom is faced with a crossroads in his life. He started to question what is important to him and what he really wants.
Being a workaholic cost Albom his marriage and in some ways his sense of identity. He went through a divorce because he was not ready for the same things his wife wanted, which was a family.
Morrie was one of Mitch’s greatest, most looked up to professor in college. On graduation day, Mitch promised his former professor he would keep in touch.
Unfortunately, time passed and Mitch had not seen or heard from his dear professor in 16 years.
Fate intervened and Morrie was reunited with his professor, but under unpleasant circumstances.
Morrie was diagnosed with a life threatening illness
called ALS, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerious.
“ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax,” wrote Mitch.
Death was imminent for Morrie and his doctor told him candidly.
When faced with this chronic illness, Morrie questions himself.
“Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best out of my time left?” he asked.
Morrie decided to make his life “a human textbook.”
”Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me,” Morrie said.
Every Tuesday, Morrie and Mitch got together at Morrie’s home and discussed important issues such as the world, self-pity, regrets, death, family, emotions, the fear of aging, money, love, marriage, culture, forgiveness, and the perfect day.
“He was intent on proving that the word “dying” was not synonymous with “useless,” wrote Mitch.
Mitch learned from Morrie more than he ever anticipated. He changed from a man who took pride in “advertised” values to a man who paid attention to his loved ones and all the other important elements that make up life.
Mitch revitalized his relationship with his brother who was also suffering from a chronic illness. Mitch began to keep in touch with family members and no longer took life for granted.
The author, Albom, spoke openly to his readers, inquisitively allowing them to reflect on the significance of teachers and the long-term impact they may have on their lives.