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Tuesdays With Morrie Essay

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Tuesdays with Morrie "We're Tuesday people," he said."Tuesday people," I repeated.The Book: By Mitch Albom The Movie (co-produced by Oprah Winfrey) The Interviews with Ted Coppell The Book The book, Tuesdays with Morrie was my first experience with the story of Mitch and Morrie. Although I usually don't like sitting down to a novel, I particularly loved this one. In fact, I couldn't even put it down. It was so riveting that I finished it one day. The book offered many influential ideas""it is impossible to list them all. However, I shall point out a few select aspects that had the largest impact on me.Looking at the story at a whole for the first time, I was completely moved in way never before felt. I immediately called my ex-girlfriend to tell her how important she was to me. This was after not speaking to her in months. I also called my parents. I actually had only picked up the phone to talk to them only couple times since I left for college. I explained to mother how this book teaches a lesson about life and death and reading the book will surely be the best way to experience this. I followed up this point with my mother after seeing the interviews, but I will explain that later.To be more specific, I found that Mitch Albom's analogy of his situation with Morrie as a class session very creative. Albom states, "The last of my old professor's life took place once a week in his house, by the window in the study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves. The class met on Tuesdays. It began after breakfast. The subject was The Meaning of Life. It was taught from experience."(Mitch Albom) He goes on to further develop this analogy and does so in a manner that you truly got the feeling that this became a Tuesday ritual between him and Morrie. Mitch would always bring the food, his ears, and a tape recorder, and Morrie brought his wisdom. This made me feel like I should have done more in the past to learn from my dying grandfather, who dyed last year of liver cancer.Another aspect of the book that influenced me was when Morrie is discussing with Mitch the fear of love""both feeling it and accepting it. Morrie states, "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in."(Mitch Albom) This lesson that Morrie emphasized touched me the most. I can admit that love is a frightening thing, and relationships are scary. I know that I am only 18 years of age, but after having a girlfriend for two years, I learned how to love and get over my fear. This is why this lesson was particularly touching. In my opinion, however, this lesson can be applied to any loving relationship, not just one's intimate relationship. I was deeply moved by this idea. At the discussion class I attended, in which we discussed how the book affected us, I spoke of this point. We as class recognized the importance of picking up the phone and actually calling a friend or family member, one who may or may not know how you feel about...

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