Mitch Albom

 

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older and wise who understood you when you were young and searching, and who helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz.

As a young man graduating from Brandeis University, Mitch Albom made promises easily. Keeping them was another story. "You'll stay in touch?", his sociology professor Morrie Schwartz asked him on graduation day in 1979. Mitch answered his favorite professor, his mentor, his friend, without hesitation, "Of course."

Sixteen years later, Mitch is a successful sports journalist. Adept at juggling with phone calls, interviews, often it seems while driving too fast to another appointment on a jam packed road. Mitch has a wonderful wife but no time to spend with her, a beautiful house on a hill, and a brother he hasn't talked to in years. He lives on a deadline"too fast is the only speed he knows."

Then, one night, exhausted from another work crammed day, he sits in front of the TV and there he sees his old teacher Morrie Schwartz telling the "Nightline" reporter he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease. Morrie who is terminally ill, is able to give advise on "what to pack" when he will have to leave this world as he is learning how to die.

Morrie's illness gives Mitch a perspective that imediately changes his life. The very success that caused him to neglect the most important things becomes the means to send Morrie's message to all who need reminders of what those things are.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

Morrie Schwartz lives on in the hearts of his family and friends and, now, in the people who read this book. Morrie Schwartz is a messenger. We listen because he treats us with respect, he makes us laugh, and he has learnt "how to give out love, and to let it come in."

"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live"

Emily 22