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Friday, May 08, 2015

Tuesdays with Morrie 

Tuesdays with Morrie our latest book group book had this today ...

Tuesdays with Morrie

Have you found someone to share your heart with? He asked are you giving to your community? Are you at peace with yourself? Are you trying to be as human as you can be? 34

The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it 42

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when the busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are 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 invite yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. 43

Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too-even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling. 61

To know you're going to die, and to be prepared for it at any time. That's better. That way you can actually be more involved in your life why are you living. 81

Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. 82

Auden - Love each other or perish 91

I have experienced that emotion. I recognise that in motion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment. 104

Alright, it's just fear, I don't have to let it control me. I see it for what it is. 105

He saw right to the core of the problem, which was human beings wanted to feel that they mattered. 112

You have to find what is good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back make she competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue. 120. 

We put our values in the wrong things. And it leads to very disillusioned lives 124

"We've got a form of brainwashing going on in our country" Morrie sighed. "do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. The property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it-and had repeated to us-over and over until nobody bothers even to think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by this he has no perspective on what's really important any more. 

Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. 125

Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning 127

If you're trying to show off for people at the top forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you are trying to show off for people at the bottom, Forget it. They will only envy your status will get you nowhere. 127

 Part of the problem is that everyone is in such a hurry. People haven't found meaning in their lives, so they're running all the time looking for it. They think the next car, the next house, the next job. Then they find those things empty, too, and they keep running. 136

There are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: if you don't respect the other person, you're gonna have a lot of trouble.  If you don't know how to compromise, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can't talk openly about what goes on between you, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don't have a common set of values in life, you are gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike. ... And the biggest one of those values? Your belief in the importance of your marriage. 149

Be compassionate and take responsibility for each other. If we only learn those lessons, this world would be so much better place. Love each other or die. 163

 Forgive yourself before you die

There is no point in keeping vengeance or stubbornness. These things I so regret in my life. Pride. Vanity. Why do we do the things we do? 164

Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Don't wait 167

That's what we're all looking for. Certain peace with the idea of dying. If we know, in the end, that we can ultimately have that peace with dying, then we can finally do the really hard thing.... Make peace with living 173

As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created still there. All the memories are still there. You live on-in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured why are you were here.... Death ends a life, not a relationship 174

In business people negotiate to win. They negotiate to get what they want. Maybe you are too used to that. Love is different. Love is when you are as concerned about someone else's situation as you are about your own. 178

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