Reflection on "Tuesdays with Morrie"
Reflection on “Tuesdays with Morrie”
Have you read this book " Tuesday with Morrie"? It is one of the best selling books on the planet earth. Here in my hub, I post my personal reflection and how do you see?
At first up to few pages that I read, I don’t really get the point and I feel like boring, But when I get into deeper and more chapters, my intention is slowly changed. And then, my goodness! I feel like I can’t stop reading. I find more interesting and come to understand what is this all about. I finish reading this book in three sittings and also watch the whole movie from YouTube. I find this book contains one of the greatest lessons in life. And it’s an interesting, amazing book and sad story as well. I highly appreciate the author (student) Mitch Albom for his effective skill in expression of all their conversation. Through their conversation, I discover that wisdom is not what we get in a few days or one sitting in the class, rather it is a lifelong process which requires times, experiences and even failure in order to learn from out of it. In fact, it may take one’s entire life to discover wisdom which can transform and change a person’s whole being. From this book, we can see that Morrie learns up to the point where he is dying.
Morrie teaches Mitch about the meaning of life which includes various issues of life. Mitch learns these lessons by having class once a week on Tuesday at Morrie’s house. No note books are used in classes but all lessons are taught through professor’s life experience. Morrie teaches everything that he learns from childhood experience such as the reason why he hates his father with its result, the sadness, tears, problems and pains that he had gone through, the values and enjoyment of life while he could dance with whole heart, the difficulty that he encountered in his first work that gives strong determination to grow up to the carrier of professor, the challenge to forgive and help others for life is short, the importance of embrace, friendship and love that he had experienced from others, the regrets that he had due to his unforgiving spirit toward his father up to his last breath, and so on . I like his saying, “learn how to live and you will know how to die; learn how to die and you will know learn how to live”. This really speaks a lot to me in a sense that life is so short and we should use the best out of it.
This book emphasizes the themes of wisdom that we found in Proverbs about the importance life experiences. If we know how to learn through experiences, they teach us wisdom for ‘wisdom comes from living’. Morrie realizes the importance of forgiveness and the shortness of life at the end of his journey when he mentions “We must love one another or die” and “without love, we are birds with broken wings”. The book also stresses about the reality of problems, misery, suffering and death in life that we see in the book of Job. Thinking through the life of Morrie, it may be easy to say that life is unfair and absurd. Why? The reason is that his childhood life till he dies is filled with sufferings, problems and difficulties but the way how he responds makes him as unique and different person. In life, there are so many things that happens to us beyond our control, and when we encounter such traumatic experiences, we have a choice to make within us and that our choice or attitude will make huge different in us. The reason why Morrie can still be happy and do his work until his last minute is because of his attitudes in life and wisdom that he discovers through experiences. We also can see that the book stresses seasons of time, shortness of life and reality of death “everything that gets born dies” as seen in the book of Ecclesiastes such as happiness, sadness, suffering, gathering, separating, loving and caring, forgiveness, angry and death.
This book gives me better understanding about the meaning of life and the needs of biblical wisdom for personal life and forming appropriate paradigm for teaching. It helps me to view life in an appropriate manner that life is value, beautiful and we should use the best out of it. Along our journey of faith, we will encounter problems, difficulties, crying and suffering from different corners. But, even in such situation, we have to find a balance not to hold on too long, and but not to let go too soon as well. In life, we should learn how “to forgive ourselves for the things we didn’t do; all the things we should have done.” This book inspires me to step forward in life, learning wisdom from past mistakes through self and other experience and trusting God with hope of His guidance in life a head. As Mitch says about what he learns most from professor Morrie, “there is no such thing as too late in life. He was changing until the day he said good-bye”, I am impressed that there is always hope in life and we can make something beautiful out of it by showing love, kindness and care to others. I understand that one of “the most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in” for ‘love is how we stay alive even after we are gone’. I also realize that we are made for relationship and we should use our lives to build up others while the Lord gives us a privilege to serve Him through serving others for “death ends a life, not a relationship”. Relationship transcends beyond death and its impact last longer than one’s whole life.
My critiques from theological perspective
1. Morries teaches a way of life based on his own perspective and its helpful in many ways, however it does not reach the level of meaningful life the Bible teaches us. The Bible says that the meaning,purpose of life or duty of man is to fear the Lord and obey his commandments ( Ecclesiastes 12:13), whereas the fear of the Lord or the Lord is missing throughout this book.
2. Though we are not the only who will judge a person, here in this book, the relationship between God and Morrie is vague. It is not clearly mentioned nor emphasized? Being a Jews, he may keep in mind that he is already belongs to the family of God and he thinks that he does not need to mention in his teaching.
3. Despite his suffering and bad situation in life, it seems that Morrie finds peace and satisfaction in life. Therefore, i raise this question and if you have any opinion, feel free to leave your comments. Can a man have successful, meaningful, peaceful and satisfactory life without God (the creator of the heaven and the earth)?