Imagine a situation when you meet someone at a random chance after many many ages, that someone you’ve known forever…there may have been a time when your lives nearly felt like the same, you may’ve known each other so well that you’d believe that you’d vibe impeccably at any point of your timeline. But now you’re back in the present times after years, facing in front of you that someone and you now wonder where did all that time go? How did we let this time pass and outgrow each other? Can we get back to being the same and work things out to build those fantastic connections again?
Been here? Done that! Have you?
Mitch Albom definitely arrives at one of the biggest lessons he has learnt when he meets his teacher again after a long gap of nearly 16 years. Albom regards one of the best mentors of his life as his university professor of sociology Morrie Schwartz and during his graduation he promises to stay in touch with Morrie even after, but is not able to keep up for some reasons owing to an extremely busy life until an encounter by the power of grace, after which Albom learns of a critical update in Morrie’s life and decides to connect with him every Tuesday on various topics that keep each other alive for as long as time allows both of them to be.
It is from these undocumented, off-the-record weekly meetings that Albom captures the essence of life from Morrie when death itself was catching up quickly with the latter. The author learns how to practice forgiveness, treasure relationships, be more patient, to realize that not everything in the universe is in our control and we can only ponder upon what’s in our hands. Various themes of love, family, community, culture and religion, life and death, teaching and learning are covered in full circle in the many one-on-one Albom-Morrie meetings with Albom going back-and-forth from the present times to the past where he reminisces his university days recollecting many situations and constantly connecting the dots.
All through this journey, the author tries to give the readers a flavour of how a mentor can take any form to guide a mentee. Maybe it could be a grandparent, teacher, colleague; maybe it was your friend or even a junior. Someone who would help you see the world as a more profound place, and give you sound advice to guide your way through it. Tuesdays with Morrie sums up to a magical chronicle which will enable you to gather your thoughts on the many classes you may have cherished where you picked the lessons on how to live life to the fullest! Here are some of my favourite sections of the full read amongst many others:
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 are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning in life is to devote yourself to your community around you, devote yourself to create something which gives you a purpose.
(Morrie’s approach: When in loneliness) Turn on the faucet. Wash yourself with the emotion. It won’t hurt you. It will only help. If you let the fear inside, if you pull it on like a familiar shirt, then you can say to yourself, “All right, it’s just fear. I don’t have to let it control me. I see it for what it is.” Detach yourself and let go.
It is impossible for the old not to envy the young. But the issue is to accept who you are and revel in that. You have to find what’s good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. I have been through all of them and I know what it is like. I delight in being a child when it’s appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it’s appropriate to be one.