This year is to be an appreciation of life; a focused pursuit of wisdom; a year of relentlessly chasing boredom.
Sometime ago I wrote down a note:
“I realised today that we’re no longer trying to communicate anything new. As humans, the core ideas of life and living are already explored at depth in books, plays, blogs and speeches. All we are trying to do now, is share them in a way that is moving; in a way that motivates each other to get off our asses and do something about it.”
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is one of these. It’s not your standard “self-help” book about life and happiness. Instead, it opens you up to the ideas that are discussed more deeply in other books; it is a primer; a transition book that makes you realise, “oh, there is something out there I need to know about”.
Should you read it?
Yes. It’s a short read that will guarantee to warm your heart.
- I didn’t take down any notes while reading this for the first time. I was enjoying it too much. Also it isn’t exactly a deep learning kind of book.
- “Have you found someone to share you heart with? Are you giving to your community? Are you at peace with yourself? Are you trying to be as human as you can be?“
- “Everybody knows they are going to die, but nobody believes it.”
- “Learn how to die and you learn how to live.”
- “Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating meaning and purpose around you.”
- “When you’re in bed, you’re dead.”
- “If you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re going to have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike. And the biggest one of those values: Your belief in the importance of your marriage.”
- “We all laughed a nervous laughter that comes when the devil is within earshot.”
- “In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive. And at the end of life, when you are like me, you need others to survive, right? Here’s the secret: in between, we need others as well. “
- “Love each other or die”
- “Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.”
- “After I’m dead, you talk. And I’ll listen.”
- “Death ends life, not a relationship”
- “The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and fresh air – until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. ‘My God, this is terrible’ the wave says. ‘Look what’s going to happen to me!’ Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him, ‘Why do you look so sad’ The first wave says, ‘Don’t you understand! We’re all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible?’ The second wave says, ‘No, you don’t understand. You’re not a wave, you’re part of the ocean’.“