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Wise advice for the dying, plus a little bit for the not-so-dying
on September 25, 2005
Schwartz, the protagonist of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, gives candid, helpful advice about making the most of your remaining days or months or years. I read Tuesdays with Morrie and thoroughly enjoyed the insights into listening to and caring about others. Albom did an effective job of culling out those parts of Morrie's advice that applied most readily to those of us who don't feel that our deaths are imminent.
"Morrie: In His Own Words" feels like Schwartz is very directly addressing those who are in the last stages of life, although he invites the rest of us to listen in. He gives practical advice for coming to terms with your diagnosis, dealing with well-meaning family and friends, and making your final months meaningful.
Of course, much of the advice applies to all of us. "It's not too late to develop new friendships or reconnect with people." "It's not to late to...ask yourself if you really are the person you want to be, and if not, who you do want to be." These important reminders helped me ask myself those questions, and any book that encourages introspection deserves consideration.
This book is poignant, practical, and short; and I would give it without reservation to a close friend approaching death. For those whose deaths have not been diagnosed, though, I might stick with Tuesdays with Morrie.