Did you ever wonder about the true meaning of life? Things like why are we here? What is expected of us while we are here? Probably everyone has considered these questions at one time or another. There is a good book that addresses some of those “deep" questions you've always wondered about.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir written in 1997 by Mitch Albom, a sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press. It is a charming story of an old man, Morrie Schwartz, a college sociology professor, who learns in his late sixties that he has ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and probably won’t live to old age. Mitch, a college student of Morrie’s many years earlier learns of Morrie’s illness after hearing an ABC interview with him by Ted Koppel of Nightline fame.
Mitch visits with Morrie and the old relationship between them is not only rekindled, it’s stronger. Mitch, not wanting to lose contact with Morrie again, began weekly visitations with Morrie on, you guessed it, Tuesdays.
Morrie often told stories to relate his ideas on the meaning of life. One of those stories is about a wave in the ocean. A little wave is bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time enjoying the wind and the 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, "You don't 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."
As Morrie tells Mitch, “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
If we, like the little wave, realize we are not alone, but rather part of a bigger picture, and that love is vital to living, we have learned a great lesson, indeed. Whatever you feel part of – your family, your community, your church or your country – it’s worthwhile to recognize them and acknowledge and let them know what they mean to you.
Tuesdays with Morrie doesn't answer all of life’s questions, but it might answer some, and it’s a short book! Put this book on your short list of books to read. It is well written and has a great message.
Jeffrey Bellomo, Esq.