Tuesdays with Morrie: The Lessons of Life

After reading Tuesday with Morrie, which was written by Mitch Albom, I’ve jotted down my top 3 quotations that really made my life change. For me, they are not just simply quotations, they are also like words from God. I also provided some of my insights about them.

The first quote is from Morrie, himself. Actually, this is my favorite quote.

“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

This quote is really simple yet it contains something that really makes sense. For me, it means that we, humans, know we are going to die but nobody believes it. We always deny the existence of death simply because we are afraid of it. We are afraid of something we do not know. Death, it is something that we should undergo. Our physical body cannot stay long here on earth, we are not immortal after all. But, if we, humans, accept death with an open mind, then, we would not be afraid of it and we will be able to live differently, no worries, and happier than ever.

Once we accept death more than what it is, we accept life more than what it is. We tend to do everything in superlative. It is like ‘living your life to the fullest’ moment. We enjoy more of being alive knowing death may come at anytime and anywhere but we do not let death to overcome and ruin everything.

The second quote is more about love and existence.

“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love created is still there. And all the memories are still there. You live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”

This quote speaks for itself. It means simply that as long as there is love, we exist. We, humans, can touch and nurture lives in many ways and because of these acts, we form a different kind of bond, which we call love. Love is something that is intangible but it makes everything tangible. Because of love, people who are already passed away seemed to be alive as if they have not died after all.

The third and the last quote is all about devoting yourself to other people and it goes like this:

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

 

Nowadays, we, human, are so busy doing things we think important. We crave for something luxurious, extravagant, and expensive..something that establishes high status in our society. We become too materialistic, perfectionists, and self-centered thus we already forgotten what sharing and devoting means. For us, sharing and devoting are something that are so difficult to be done. But in reality, it is something that doesn’t need so much effort, so much money, and so much material to be done. We just all need a kind heart and an unconditional love to share and devote ourselves to people, to the community around us, and to creating something that gives us purpose and meaning.

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