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Tuesdays with Morrie: Life Lessons

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Lauren Lindner

on 22 September 2014

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Transcript of Tuesdays with Morrie: Life Lessons

I chose this picture because it shows how Morrie lives life to the fullest. He goes out, has fun, and doesn't care what other people think. This picture is showing us that it's okay to be yourself and show that you can live up to the standards you want to live up to. Do what makes you happy and what makes you feel alive.
"Everyone knows they are going to die, but nobody believes it."
"Once you learn how to die you learn how to live." (
pages 81-82
Lesson 1: Death
Lesson 3: Regrets
" The culture doesn't encourage you to think about such things until you're about to die... We're involved in trillions little acts just to keep going. So we don't get in the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, is that all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?" (
page 64-65
Lesson 4: The Meaning of Life
"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." (
page 43
Lesson 2: Our Culture
"People are only mean when they're threatened. And that's what our culture does. That's what our economy does. Even people who have jobs in our economy are threatened, because they worry about losing them. And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself. You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture." (
page 154
Tuesdays with Morrie: Life Lessons
Lesson 5: Aging
Lesson 6: How Love Goes On
Lesson 7: Forgiveness
Lesson 8: Feeling Sorry for Yourself
Lesson 9: Marriage
Lesson 10: The World
Lesson 11: Family
Lesson 12: Wealth
"But it's hard to explain, Mitch. Now that I'm suffering, I feel closer to people who suffer than I ever did before. The other night, on TV, I saw people in Bosnia running across the street, getting fired upon, killed, innocent victims... and I just started to cry. I feel their anguish as if it were my own."
(page 50)
"Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I'm sitting here dying, when you need it most, neither money nor power will give you he feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have."
(page 125)
"Sometimes, in the mornings. That's when I mourn. I feel around my body, I move my fingers and my hands-whatever I can still move-and I mourn what I've lost. I mourn the slow, insidious way in which I'm dying. But then I stop mourning. I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life."
(page 56-57)
"I looked at Morrie and I suddenly knew why he so enjoyed my leaning over and ajusting his microphone, or fussing with the pillows, or wiping hiseyes. Human touch. At seventy-eight, he was giving as an adult and taking as a child." (
page 116
" There is no point in keeping vengeance or stubbornness. These things I so regret in my life. Pride. Vanity. Why we do the things we do?" (
page 164
By: Samantha Hartwig and Lauren Lindner
“In this culture, it’s so important to find a loving relationship with someone because so much of the culture doesn’t give you that.” (page 148)
“The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family.” (
page 91
I chose this picture because it shows that you can't let regrets take over your body. You need to think positive and move on no matter what. If you sit there your whole life looking like this it wont get you anywhere. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
"If I were worried about being forgotten after I died? I don't think I will be. I've got so many people who have been involved with me in close, intimate ways. And love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone." (
page 133
I chose this picture because it shows a man getting older and older. That same thing happened with Morrie and it will happen to all of us as well. We will all age and we can't be afraid to.If we are afraid it can ruin the girdt of growing up.
I chose this picture because it shows that everyone can be forgiven and everyone can forgive. We need to learn to forgive and forget and just shake it off. When you forgive you can forget and when you are forgiven you wont make that mistake again. Forgiveness will help with friends family and everyday life even if you don't want to forfive someone it is always important to.
I chose this picture because people need to stop rushing into things that need time. Don't rush into things just to make someone else happy. Make sure you are happy too. Don't make a mistake that is hard to get over. Don't make life even more difficult.
I chose this picture because it shows your family will always be there. You may get angry with them but in the end your siblings are your best friends and they know you better than anyone. They are your secure ground and the people you can trust the most. You can't let them slip away because they will be your last hope in the end you will alwaus need them and they will always need you.
I chose this picture because it shows how infactuated people have become with money. Like Morrie says, money and the value of things has become god-like in our culture. People see money as the most valuable thing in life, when an object could really never replace emotions such as love and compassion. This photo represents a man thinking true happiness comes from how much money he has, which isn't true at all.
I chose this photo because it symbolizes the way in which you should live your life. You need to give your full attention to things that matter most. These include the people around you, your community, and a meaningful goal or purpose in your life, all things which Morrie explains. This photo also shows how you need others around you to help you either find or reach that meaningful goal.
I chose this photo of Mitch Albom and Morrie Shwartz because it shows their love and friendship. Mitch was one of the people very close to Morrie, who had a real connection with him. Even now after Morrie is gone, he lives on in Mitch and through his work. This shows that no matter how famous you were, that if you are important to just one person, you will live on.
I chose this photo because it represents the emotions you go through when reflecting on your life. Like Morrie said, there is a time to mourn and be sad. Then there is also a time to be happy and look at all the positive things. This picture shows both of these emotions and how they should go together when you are feeling sorry for yourself, according to Morrie.
I chose this photo because it show how major news channels and shows are to our world right now. In minutes they can be covering a story in which they most times, know very little about. It also show that a lot of the reports are depressing stories or generally nothing but bad news. Morrie says he begins to feel empathy for people he hears about in stories such as this.
I chose this photo because it shows how people see value in money. People are always wanting more, more, more and never stop to question if that's what is really going to make them happy. The easy answer to that question is no, because money or any object you can obtain can not give you or make you feel the way love, kindness, laughter, or wisdom from another person can. Just like Morrie said, money is not a substitute for human emotions or interaction and never will be.
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