The Importance Of Life With Morrie

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Register to read the introduction… Mitch's first lesson was on the world. Morrie said "…I can sit here with my dwindling days and look at what I think is important in life. I have bother the time – and the reason – to do that" (50) Morrie knew that he wasn't able to be independent any longer, but that wasn't going to slow him down on recognizing what is really important in life. Mitch was learning the most important and precious lessons life has to offer.

"We're so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks – we're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going." (64-65) our lives our based around what is happening and what is going to happen and no one really takes the chance to stand back and assess what has happened. By the time your life actually winds down, you've spent most of it consumed in trying to be someone you aren't and do things that you aren't meant to
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Morrie responds with a Buddhist philosophy that everyday, one must ask the bird on his shoulder if that day is the day he will die. The philosophy serves as a metaphor for his awareness to his death that may come at any moment. The bird itself is symbolic of Morrie's consciousness that his death is fast-approaching, and his readiness to accept it when it comes. He wants Mitch to realize that the bird is on everyone's shoulder at every moment in their life, no matter how old or young they are. When he tells Mitch that one must know how to die before they can know how to live, he meant that one must accept the possibility of one's own death before he can truly appreciate what he has on earth. "Take my condition. The things I am supposed to be embarrassed about now — not being able to walk, not being able to wipe my ass, waking up some mornings wanting to cry — there is nothing innately embarrassing about them. It's the same for women not being thin enough, or men not being rich enough. It's just what our culture would have you believe. Don't believe …show more content…
The actions you take, the decisions you make, the people you meet, all of which impact your life. When life throws you a curve ball, and tries to set you off course, only you can either make the best of it, or let it ruin what you have. Just because you have a diagnosis, doesn't mean that you still can't live your life to the fullest, and that was what Morrie taught Mitch, his disability didn't make him weaker, it made him stronger and love what he had even more. As Morrie said, "So many people walk around with a meaningless life. The 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

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