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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Preparing for death

Morrie as coach and Mitch as his best player. 
Tuesdays with Morrie. A title for a very meticulous and inspiring novel. Written by Mitch Abom, it is the most simplest yet touching piece of masterpiece that really sunk deep into this weak heart of mine and made me in a deep love with every single detail of the book. RM 18 was worth while.

Have you ever had a good teacher? Who taught you the most valuable lesson in life; on the preparation for your death? Mitch the author had once. A professor at his university named Morrie. He was a peacemaker and a great teacher for the rest of his life.

Suffered from ALS, Morrie had to live weak and fragile. He needed people to clean himself after he went to the washroom, he needed his food to be blended before he could swallow them down and he needed a wheelchair to move around. But, Morrie, a 70 something old professor, would always think that he is better than any one of them out there who is still healthy and occupy life with slaving themselves to money. He was contented with his life.

Mitch who is a journalist, and always had been ambitious, running and enslaving himself to the power of money, met Morrie by chance one day. It was the first time seeing his professor after 16 years. That's long and this time Morrie looked rather withered and shrink. The old age and the wrinkles symbolized how experienced he has been. And, during the moments before Morrie would have gone forever, they spent their Tuesdays together for the last lecture of their lives. The lecture of contentment of life. Of love, of satisfaction of what we had been given and what we have, of the power of touch and pamper and the power of isolating the deep insecure feeling we already cursed ourselves with.

Belows are several quotes which I really love from the novel:)

1. Forgive ourselves. For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened. That doesn’t help you when you get to where I am.

2. …if you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.

3. There is no such thing as “too late” in life.

4It’s natural to die,”he said.”The fact that we make such a big hullabaloo over it is all because we don’t see ourselves as a part of nature.We think we are human. We are something above nature.

5. Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

certainly a MUST READ piece
I have many teachers who are just as Morrie.:)

>>>p/s: the book could not described by words. It is superb. And Mahatma Ghandi once quoted: When I sleep, I am dead. And when I am awake, I reborn. So, forget the mistakes we made in life. Once we awake the next day, it is the chance to say MORE YES and REBORN to the better.<<<

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