In case I forget to mention this at the end, I wish everyone who was brave enough to open and read this blog entry a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I am not writing about the Lions this evening (although there's certainly plenty to say on the topic of yesterday's atrocious loss to the Saints). I am not writing about the Packers or Red Wings or any sports team. I am not writing about homecoming dances or virtuoso keyboardists.
Instead, I am writing about a book. Specifically, Mitch Album's Tuesdays With Morrie. I was assigned it to read over the two-week-long break, and (because I am an overachiever) I have already finished it. When I was told that we would be reading a two-hundred-page book over break, I was depressed, sad, maybe even a little angry. But now I understand that this is, far and away, the best Christmas present that I have ever received from a teacher. And that's only partly due to the fact that I could count all the Christmas presents I got from teachers on one hand.
For those of you who haven't read the book, I will provide a brief summary. In the book (a true story by the way), Mitch Album tells of his last encounters with his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz. Morrie has been afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has only months to live. His certain and imminent death has changed his outlook on the world and the humans who inhabit it. During the book, Morrie teaches Mitch a plethora of valuable life lessons that change his own views, attitudes, and actions. A few key ideas expressed in the book are:
- People should not be afraid of death. Like birth, it is natural and inevitable.
- Love is the only rational act.
- Mourn for the death of loved ones, but do not let their passing on ruin your own life.
- Love each other or perish.
- Only when you learn how to die do you learn how to live.
- Experience life to the fullest - live every day as if it were your last. After all, life is short. Why waste it?
- For any marraige to work, you must respect, compromise with, and talk openly with your spouse.
- People think they are more different from each other than they actually are.
- Forgive yourself before you die, then forgive others.
- Be the best person that you can be.
I truly believe that Tuesdays With Morrie changed millions of lives (as stated on the cover). Now that I have finished the book, add one to that tally!
Anyways, if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend you pick up a copy or rent it from the library. It took me about two and a half hours to read, and was obviously more than worth the time for me. I hope that you experience the same feeling of enlightenment that I did while reading it. I hope that you agree with me that it should be a highly treasured book that every human should read!
Finally, I hope that you have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and wonderful holiday season!
-The Muffin Man