Tuesdays with Morrie

This book came into my life when I was in my early 20’s. I had heard about it for a long time and was curious. I saw the book, “Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” by Mitch Albom. Mitch has since become one of my favorite authors. 

Tuesdays with Morrie came into my life around the time when I was diagnosed with an incurable disease. If you know me you know that I have a neurological disorder, that has no cure. At the time of the diagnosis, I was in my late 20s and was wondering what kind of life I had in front of me. My mind went from “it will be okay” to “I’ll be in a wheelchair before I’m 40” numerous times every day. 

There was a mall next to the office I worked, so on my lunch one day I went wandering. I went into the bookstore, I always found the bookstore to be a sanctuary, to look around with no agenda in mind. 

I came across this book and read the synopsis I was hooked. I got the book, took it home, and started reading it. I fished the book quickly and felt better once I read it. 

The perspective I gained from reading the book was surprising. Here was someone who was fighting a losing battle with ALS, a much worse condition than mine.

In case you don’t know here is the write-up from the book”

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.

The author, Mitch Albom, quickly become a favorite of mine because of this book. I have re-read it multiple times and, depending on what is happening in my life the book hits differently each time.

This book is an amazing journey or reconnecting and development.