Tuesdays with Morrie

As I said, this summer I will be spending my time reading. I have now read almost all of Mitch Albom’s books. I wanted kinda of review or say a little something about each one. I do not think it will be so much as a review but as the feelings each book gave me. When you lose a child and then read books that speak of death, afterlife and such, it makes you think beyond the story. Remember this is the view point of a housewife/babysitter that mainly gets to read when in the bath, on the toilet or nap time. If I am lucky during a movie or at bedtime.

So I started with Tuesdays with Morrie. I have heard it referenced in many TV shows and when I found it in goodwill, I picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. I started with reading the inside cover and found that this was a “true story”. It is about his college professor Morrie Schwartz and his battle with ALS. He visits him every Tuesday for weeks until Morrie’s last day. Morrie shares with him the wisdom he has gathered throughout his full life.

The book is filed with pearls of wisdom. On how to deal with living, loving and dying. How to be a decent human being. How to relate to others on an emotional level. I could fill this blog with my favorite quotes from the book but I absolutely recommend that you read it yourself. You will get much more out of the book by reading it than looking at a few lines from it.

This book made me think long after putting it down. What if we knew we were going to die? What would you do? What wisdom would I have to pass on to my loved ones? Have the things I have done in my life mattered enough that someone would want to visit me every Tuesday until I died? It really makes you of the meaning of your life and how you have impacted others thus far. I have sat and thought of the things that I could say to others. I could give advice on parenting in divorce. How not to totally crumble in the death of a child.How to overcome having a loveless Father. How to make the absolute best strawberry cake you will ever eat. But is that enough? Is that what people will want to hear from me? And who would visit me? Will it be a family member childhood friend or someone I met along the way? Have I been the best me I can be to where I would have droves of people wanting to see me one last time?

This book is more than sharing the life lessons from a truly remarkable man. One that I feel like I have missed out on. It is a book that make you think about your life. How you have impacted others. And the biggest of all, have you learned anything of value to pass on to others.

I give this book more than two thumbs up or five stars. I think every school should make the senior class read it and study it. I think every parent should read it and learn from it. I just want everyone to read this book.



Words for the Graduates

I came across the following words while browsing poems online. I think that all of our graduating children, nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends need to read this and live by it. By far the best advice I have ever read for young people today:

“Things to Always Remember”

Look inside yourself and be the person that you want to be.
Believe in yourself, no matter what.
Don’t be afraid to express yourself or your feelings. They matter.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is full of mistakes. As hard as it is, don’t compare yourself to others.
You are such a special person and you need to know that, each and every day.
No matter how beautiful, smart, talented, and charming you are, you will always find someone
who you might feel is better than you. Don’t. Just look inside yourself and know of the qualities that you have to offer. Be strong.
Never let anyone make you second guess who you are or what you believe.
Smile and smile a lot. It helps reflect the most important thing about yourself. Your inner beauty.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. It may sound trivial, but it’s true. It’s so easy to focus on the things that aren’t going right in our lives that we forget about all the good things. So be happy and thankful for all the good in your life.
May you always follow your dreams. Love who you are.
Believe in miracles. Live out Loud. Breathe deep trusting breaths. Laugh a lot along the way.
Dare to make a mistake. Life has big plans for you.

Author: Unknown