by Robin Sharma
36.Read Tuesdays with Morrie
While I was on the Denver stop of the American book tour for The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, I dropped into the airport bookstore before boarding the flight home. As I looked through the latest bestsellers, a small book with a simple cover caught my attention. Its title read Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson. This was the book that at least a dozen booksellers on the tour had suggested I buy since it was, in many ways, similar to the one I had just written. And so I picked it up.
After takeoff, I thought I would browse through the book for a few minutes before taking a much-needed nap. A few minutes slipped into a few hours and by the time we landed, I had just finished the last page with tears in my eyes. The book is about a man who, after leaving university and building a career, rediscovers his favorite professor, Morrie, in the final months of the older man’s life. Every Tuesday, the former student then visits the dying teacher to learn another lesson about life from this man who has lived so richly and completely.
A real-life account, the lessons Morrie offers during these moving Tuesday sessions include: how to avoid a life of regret, the value of family, the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of death, where he makes the powerful remark, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” This beautiful little book will remind you of the importance of counting your blessings daily and having the wisdom to honor life’s simplest pleasures no matter how busy your life becomes. One of the legacies I will leave to my two children will be a library of books that have inspired and touched me. And Tuesdays with Morrie will be one that will sit out in front.