Serendipity plays a life-changing role in Tuesdays with Morrie because this element of accidentally finding good luck transforms Mitch Album from a materialistic workaholic to a sincere human being; it also helps Morrie Schwartz pass along his story before it's to late....
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.
- Morrie Schwartz
The Timeline of Morrie Schwartzs' Life. | Timetoast …
On the twelfth Tuesday Morrie and Mitch discuss forgiveness. Morrie sees no point in holding any kind of vengeance or stubbornness; he then admits that he has had some pride in his life and regrets it. He recalled a story about his old friend Norman with who he used to spend much time. After Norman and his wife moved to Chicago, Morrie's wife, Charlotte, had to undergo a serious operation. Norman never contacted Morrie or Charlotte even though they knew about the operation. This hurt Morrie and Charlotte so much that they decided to drop their relationship with Norman. Norman tried to apologize and reconcile but Morrie never accepted his apology. After Norman died, Morrie regretted how he never forgave him. Morrie therefore, feels that we need to also forgive ourselves for the things we should have done. He explains that we can't get stuck on regrets of what should have happened. He advises to make peace with yourself and those around you.
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Mitch Albom, the main character, narrator and author, writes about his relationship with his favorite professor, which is another main character, Morrie Schwartz.
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague.
During one of the flashbacks to when Mitch was a student of Morrie's, he recalls this specific class in which Morrie had the students participate in "trust falls". The students stood with their backs to their classmates and tried to fall backwards relaying on the others to catch them. Most of the students were unable to fall backwards and trust that the student would catch them. One girl closed her eyes and fell backward as her partner caught her. Morrie explains that she was able to trust her partner because she closed her eyes. Morrie stated that we cannot always believe what we see but we can believe what we feel. Many of the other students who were looking around the room were unable to trust their partners because of what they saw. Morrie feels that if we ever want others to trust us, we must show that we trust them in return. The trust that is shared between two people can sometimes be risky, but it is a risk we must take if we ever want to be trusted or we ever want to trust others; this risk is to be taken by an instinctive feeling and not by rational thinking as the other students had done who could not complete the fall.
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Through his meetings with Morrie, he has learned how much of his life he has wasted consumed in his work. After listening to Morries philosophies Mitch finds his life quite meaningless. As he watches Morrie inch closer to his death each week, Mitch sees what he must change in his life: he wishes to die knowing that he has lived his life to the fullest, that he has loved and forgiven himself as well as others and to have no regrets. Morrie helps him see the man who he wishes to become; he would like to value love instead of money and accept people over pop-culture and media gossip. Morrie was successful at penetrating Mitchs ignorance and allows Mitch to see life in a whole new perspective.
SparkNotes: Tuesdays with Morrie
The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious,
compassionate, loving way.
Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to recognize
that this is the only way to live.
- Morrie Schwartz