After the movies, Mr. Holland’s Opus that featured Richard Dreyfuss on the lead and the Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts, perhaps among the best literature I’ve ever encountered in my lifetime is Mitch Albom’s number one US bestseller, Tuesdays with Morrie. It is one that instructs, that inspires, not just move one to shed bucket of tears [at least that’s what I went through while reading it]. It’s a must-read for anyone wanting to do self-examination.
The book revolves around the author himself and his last encounters with his favorite, former professor Morrie Schwartz. He described his asthmatic teacher as a small man and vividly recollected how he looked like in his graduation day robe—a cross between a biblical prophet and a Christmas elf, took small steps and if a strong wind came—it could have whisked the old man up into the clouds. Actually, the book is not about how he thinks and see about the aging, dying man suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s brutally disease, debilitating unforgiving illness of the neurological system, and no known human cure. Yet, it’s all about the journey they had taken together and the lessons he taught and what the author learned from.
Famous aphorisms that Morrie left for the mankind are: “Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do,” “Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it,” “Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others,” and “Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved”.