On that list, sitting pretty at number 5 is ‘read a new book every month’. I am steaming ahead at the moment, and my February book was Tuesday’s with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom.
I have actually read Albom’s work before, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Years ago, mind you, so I couldn’t necessarily tell you what happened, but I remember enjoying it. It was actually a recommendation from a colleague in our employee magazine that made me pick up Tuesday’s with Morrie though.
I was promised life lessons, tears, laughter an unforgettable read, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Tuesday’s with Morrie is the story Morrie Schwartz , an enigmatic and inspiring college professor who is in the final throws of life at the hands of a terminal illness. The story is told by one of his beloved students and author of the book, Mitch, who gets the chance to rediscover Morrie in the last month’s of his life, and documents it in a series of moving lessons.
This books is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It doesn’t wallow on the pain or misery that can shelter with terminal illness, it is 100% about living life to the full, making the most of every moment, not by making big gestures but by appreciating the little and important things.
If this isn’t a philosophy that is made for the Year of the Yes, I don’t know what is.
When you put down Tuesday’s with Morrie you will have learnt about positive lessons on life, death, regrets, family, emotions, money, forgiveness and the perfect day. And so much more besides.
I defy you not to be moved by it. It definitely gave me food for thought on certain aspects of my life.
Make this one of your yeses
Images used in the header were borrowed from mitchalbom.com. The book cover image is my own.