Sometimes in life you come across a book which blows off your mind. Makes you think deep.
And many a times coincidentally, it is a book you randomly picked when you are at Crossroads or about to catch a flight and want something for a quick read.
Today, I am going to talk about the book which I bought randomly, to only later realise that it is the exact book which can be called a 'keeper'. You learn something different every time you read it. You mature with your experiences and this book just helps get clarity about life each time.
“Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom has become one my personal guides.
Here are a few quotes from the book to get you interested: (courtesy: goodreads)
“There is no such thing as 'too late' in 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.”
"Accept who you are; and revel in it.”
“Don't cling to things because everything is impermanent.”
“I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of their waking hours feeling sorry for themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes, then on with the day.”
“I give myself a good cry if I need it, but then I concentrate on all good things still in my life.”
“It’s not just other people we need to forgive… We also need to forgive ourselves…for all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened”
“If you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
“If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely.”
“As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you'd always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”
“We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don't satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted.”
“Why are we embarrassed by silence? What comfort do we find in all the noise?”
If you have read it already, then share with me what you thought of it.
If you haven't, then give it a try. I'm sure you'd love this book. I recommend this one highly.
If you are looking for this to be your Secret Santa gift, just write back to me. I'll be your secret Santa. :)