Wisdom from Morrie
I’m almost* finished with Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. I thought I had read it several years ago, but as I’m reading through it, I don’t think I have. So glad to add this to my library, the book is a wonderful reminder on what is really important in life, to savor each day and be thankful for that day. It’s one of those books I’m sure I’ll read through over and over again. Here are a few lessons from the book that I just love:
On love and marriage – “There are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: if you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don’t have a common set of values in life you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike. And the biggest one of those values…your belief in the importance of your marriage.”
On money and the meaning of life – “Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. You notice, there’s nothing in there about a salary…If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will only look down at you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
On feeling and trust – “Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too-even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
Tension of Opposites – “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…like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somwhere in the middle…like a wrestling match…which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins.”
*by almost finished I mean that I started to get a little teary at the end and had to take a break. I’ve got about 20 pages left.