Have you ever heard of a “living funeral”?
Quite weird isn’t it? But you know what. There’s actually one that happened a few years ago. One initiated by a Sociology professor Morrie Schwartz. Actually, it was mentioned in a book about him.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” is about a man named Mitch who is at the peak of his career when suddenly, his world seemed to froze when he saw his old professor in television.
A true-to-life story, Morrie Schwartz, the writer’s ‘coach’, captured the heart of the readers in his journey to death. In each lesson he has in the ‘syllabus’, he shared to us the hidden treasures that life has to offer. His sincere words of wisdom about values and the keys to happiness make us believe that death is such a sweet pain. That sometimes you only realize the true worth of a certain thing when it’s already too late.
As you’ll read in the book, you might get carried away as Morrie’s disease was eating him slowly while he gives Mitch their last lessons on life. Although Morrie has become dependent and weak, he was able to manage the pains of his illness gracefully. He struggled everyday and continued to reach out and touch others’ lives as best as he could.
This first hand account of Mitch Albom on Morrie’s last days on earth gives us ideas on how are we performing lately on our lives. The book will somehow transport you in a retreat or a recollection and make you reflect on your past actions and words to others and to yourself. Morrie’s syllabus shall be your enlightenment as you travel through his words about life while he battle with his disease. This book might even be able to give you the answers you have long been searching for.
Here are some of Morrie’s inspiring statements recorded in the book…
* “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.”
* “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.”
Truly, this is a perfect read for this Lenten Season. If you can’t afford a retreat, grab a copy of this book. If you don’t want to read this, watch it. I know there’s a movie of this already. Also, prepare some tissues too, ok? 😉