Sometimes we read a book, put it down, and say, “Wow, that was really good!” I have read many books like that, and Tuesdays with Morrie was one of them, Morrie being a man at the edge of life’s fragile end.
Here is some of what I learned from one of Mitch Albom’s very popular books.
“Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.”
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“Be compassionate,” Morrie whispered. “And take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The truth is, when our mothers held us, rocked us, stroked our heads -none of us ever got enough of that. We all yearn in some way to return to those days when we were completely taken care of – unconditional love, unconditional attention. Most of us didn’t get enough.”
“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
“You can not swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” This is a quote by William Faulkner, Nobel Prize laureate.
This quote became my motivation to step out into a different world than the one that I had inhabited for twenty-one years as wife, homemaker, and mother; the world that changed when the “I do” became “I don’t”. It was my reminder that life goes on after separations, divorces, and even death.
When I lost sight of the shore, the new horizon held a new partner, self-employment, the publishing of two books, and a whole new spiritual dimension.
Take heart if your life seems to be stuck on the shores of strife…new horizons are just a swim away.
When we hear the sound of silence it is imperative to stop and listen. It comes in the form of stillness. It comes to everyone at one time or another; the key is to be aware and allow it to unfold.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Thomas Carlyle
Mother Theresa said: “The most important thing is silence. We cannot place ourselves directly in God’s presence without imposing upon ourselves interior and exterior silence.”
And Simon and Garfunkel had this to say about the Sound of Silence. Happy Saturday.
There are so many arguments about God and science, the premise being that science can be proved and God cannot. This brings me to the conclusion that God is the ultimate Scientist and we are the proof.
It reminds me of that old saying, ‘the proof is in the pudding’. This is said to mean the proof of the pudding is in the eating which is also said to mean that you can only judge the quality of something after you have tried, used or experienced it. (Internet May 27, 2020)
I choose to believe I am a child of God rather than a tadpole and that the ultimate Scientist taught earthly scientists everything they know.
A neurosurgeon once stated that the brain is the artwork of God.
Take Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in 1963 at the age of 21. Mr. Hawking’s life expectancy at that time was two years and yet he was seventy-six when he died in 2018.
Hawking once wrote that achieving a theory of everything would be the ultimate triumph of human reason…for then we should know the mind of God. (A Brief History of Time).
A self proclaimed Atheist, Stephen Hawking, to my mind, was living proof that God is the ultimate scientist.
The difference between doing right or wrong could, and often does lead to death. But do the perpetrators actually know the difference? I don’t think so because I don’t want to believe that humans can be that callous and cruel.
Here are a few quotes on doing what’s right:
Do what is right, not what is easy. Roy T. Bennett
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. Norman Schwarzkopf
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. C.S. Lewis
Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right. Theodore Roosevelt