136. Tuesdays with Morrie

An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson

By Mitch Albom

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“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

“When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

“Building your own little subculture… The little things I can obey. But the big things- how we think, what we value- those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone- or any society- determine those for you.”

I can’t remember when exactly I first read Tuesdays with Morrie. I so easily get distracted by the hustle of activities. I become oblivious to the plights of my patients in the midst of getting the job done. And of course, trying not to do stupid things and end up delaying things. Empathy disappears when I’m stressed, and I don’t like that. I don’t want to be lost in the moment and only reflect on and rue the moment I have lost.

Can I live by my own rules? How do I stay on top of the my game so that I can enjoy the moments, the interactions with my patients while I work? So many questions, to which the answers come later on with hindsight.

 

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