It took me one hour and a half to finish this little book, but its thought-provoking impact lasts. The book teaches some of life’s most meaningful lessons. Interestingly, I have found a resemblance between Morrie’s ideas and the Buddhist philosophy of mindfulness. Here are some insightful quotes I jotted down as I was reading:
– Making a culture of your own: “The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”
– Uncertainty of life: “Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.”
– Living a meaningful life: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
– How to deal with sadness: “I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life. On the people who are coming to see me. On the stories I’m going to hear.”
– The importance of reflecting on one’s life: “We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks — we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?”
For a complete story, please read the original book by Mitch Albom.