Tuesdays with Morrie Summary – Close to My Heart
It’s a book about a dying person, Morrie who was a professor of Mitch Albom and the author of Tuesdays with Morrie. The book tells you that, the things around you whether it’s your house, TV, smartphone, or any other Materialistic thing will fade away, and the only thing that will stay with you is the people you love the most, so spend as much as time you can with them till you’re with them.
Tuesdays with Morrie Quotes
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
“Everyone knows they’re going to die,’ he said again, ‘but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
“If you accept that you can die at any time – then you might not be as ambitious as you are”
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Tuesdays with Morrie Summary
You got the news that you will die in the next two days, now what will you do in two days?
If I were in your place then I wouldn’t think about money, or the TV show I wanted to watch, I won’t watch news channels or even use social media platforms. The only thing I will do is, spend as much as time I can with the people I love the most.
In the end, that’s what matters the most.
Morrie also tells you the same, why do we want to wait for deathbed, why we can’t spend enough time with the people we love?
Tuesdays with Morrie is a journey of the person from the day he knew that he had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease and he doesn’t have much time, he can die at any movement. It’s a journey that will shake you up and make you realize that life is more than a Materialistic thing.
So let me share with you some of the lessons I took from Tuesdays with Morrie.
The Things You Feel You Want and Family
When I was in college, the PlayStation 4 was launched and I wanted to buy PS4 very badly but I couldn’t ask my mother to spend Rs 25999 on gaming consoles even if I had asked, she would have said no because back then our financial condition wasn’t great.
Fast forward to, October 2022, I bought PlayStation 5 with my own money and I spend Rs 49999. I played games for 2 days and after that, I was back to my everyday life, working on the website, making videos, and so on.
Nowadays, I only play games on Sundays. What I’m saying is I have to take out time to play games on PS5.
The lesson is, you might want to buy a new iPhone, new TV, or something else. Buying a new iPhone will make you happy for 1 or two days. In the same way, other Materialistic things won’t make you happy in long run, they can boost dopamine for a limited time but they can’t do it forever.
When you read Tuesdays with Morrie, you will learn that the most valuable things in your life are not gadgets or places, it’s your family and the people will you love.
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So when you want a new gadget, ask yourself, do I need this or want this or need this?
Back to my ps5, Do I love my PlayStation 5, the answer is yes. Will I play a game on PlayStation 5 when I will be on death bed, the answer is no but yes, it does make me happy whenever I play games.
These days, I spend more time with my family than I have ever before, also, I work from home, I don’t work for anyone, I’m my own boss (I will share that story too but that’s for another day, how and why I become my own boss).
Be Kind to Yourself
You might have done some things in the past that you regret, you think about it every day and you say to yourself, I could have done that thing differently.
That’s what you think today and you might think the same in the future too.
Now, imagine you get the news that you will die in 24 hours. Will you think about the past or the future or will you spend time with your family or in the present movement?
So forgive yourself for everything because you don’t know whether you will wake up tomorrow or in the next five minutes. Let go of everything and start the day with self-care.
Make Peace with Death
I was watching one of Morrie’s interviews and he said,
My hands are dying and the interviewer asked, in what sense?
He replied, after one or two days, someone has to wipe my ass.
The day you make peace with yourself and realize that life is unpredictable that day, you will never judge yourself or anyone else because you will know that, everyone is the same as I.
It’s not a self-help book, it’s a story about dying men, and while reading it, you will realize lots of things about your life and the people you love.
Also, if you don’t like to read then here is the good news, someone has made the movie on Tuesdays with Morrie, so go watch it but if you ask me, go read the book, you will connect more with Morrie.
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