And old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson

It’s late in the night and I had just finished reading a book. I was down to a few pages so I wanted to finish it before going to bed. The book was “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. It is a story about Mitch and his college professor Morrie Schwartz. After graduating from college Mitch was so busy with his own life that he lost touch with Morrie. One night, Mitch was watching television when a “Nightline” program aired. It showed Ted Koppel talking with Morrie, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and didn’t have long to live. After seeing this Mitch flew to Boston and paid a visit to his old mentor. This was the beginning of a series of weekly visits. This book details those weekly talks they had about life. They reflected on love, marriage, family, forgiveness and a whole bunch of other things.

Tuesdays with Morrie

One of the lessons that I remember most is this: “once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” This was a lesson taught during their fourth Tuesday together when Mitch asked Morrie how he can be prepared for death. Morrie replied with a Buddhist philosophy about asking a bird on your shoulder if this is the day that you will die. Basically, this is a metaphor which means that death can come at any moment. Morrie’s quote reminds us that we can never know when exactly we’re going to die so we have to learn to appreciate our time on earth because one day, it will all be gone.

I found this book to be very interesting because of the lesson that is being taught during every meeting. Being young, I have yet to experience everything that life has to offer. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of others to motivate you into doing things better. This book tells a story about life as seen from the eyes of a dying man. It gives you a sense of what is important in life.

This book teaches us to live life to the fullest. Take the time to connect with those you love. Be observant with your surrounding and pay attention to the little details. That is what life is all about. It’s not about money, fame or power. Those are just illusions that you can do without. But if you were to live in a world without love, you would be living in a world with nothing.