Book Review

On Colorful Days

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. – Mitch Albom, Tuesday with Morrie

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Some treats life as a frantic race–you got to be quick enough to seize every opportunity otherwise you end up nothing at all. On the other hand, there is a good percentage of people too who think that we only pass this road once therefore we have to make the best out of everything everyday–laugh when it’s time to, cry when you need to, make love, forgive, among others. The latter is what Morrie taught me.

Thanks to Mitch Albom for sharing the lessons he learned from his professor, Morrie Schwartz, on their last thesis–the story of life. If I am to summarize what this kindhearted professor said, that is to live life at its best in every moment. In that way, life becomes more colorful than dull, blissful than pathetic, adventure than sedentary.

Tuesdays with Morrie tackled critical topics our society is currently grappling on–death, family, marriage , culture, regrets, etc. In a light manner he is always known for, Mitch intricately narrated his story that you feel involved and wishing you were with them in those 14 Tuesdays before Morrie’s death. You will feel every ounce of the words he said while on his deathbed, free spirited and optimistic despite ALS eating out his muscles and strength.

Reading his story made me ponder on how I spent my life. Did I dance when I am supposed to? Did I buy what the culture tells me to? Can I confidently say that I lived life to its fullest when I’m 80? Is my life as colorful as the rainbow? Did I bring colors to other people’s lives? I have a full list of “what if” and “did I” that I learned how futile it will be to dwell on the past.

Cliché as it may sound but we can’t undo the past. We need to give our energy to make today more colorful than what we expect it to be–that is by dwelling not on pessimism but on optimism, love instead of hate, joy rather than sadness. Aside from that, let’s value what and who we have. Only in knowing their value would we love them more and accept them for who they are.

Quotes to Live By

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May these lines from the novel inspire you more to make your journey in this life extra colorful.

Accept who you are; and revel in it.

Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins

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.

Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.

Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. Most people can’t do it.

I give myself a good cry if I need it, but then I concentrate on all good things still in my life.

 


 

In response to the Daily Prompt: Colorful

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