"The little things, I can obey. But the big things - how we think, what we value - those you must choose yourself. You can't let anyone - or any society - determine those for you."
CREDO - DRIVING QUESTIONS:
What do I stand for?
How have my beliefs changed over time?
What does my credo challenge me to be or become?
In what ways have I failed to live up to my beliefs?
Have my beliefs ever created conflict in my life?
Where do I turn for wisdom and guidance?
Have you ever had a mentor, someone you turned to for guidance and support? Maybe it was - or is - one of your parents, siblings, or grandparents, a teacher, former teacher, coach, neighbor, perhaps even someone your own age on a team or in a club. Someone (usually older) who helps you when you feel lost, confused, or overwhelmed. Someone to help you see things more clearly, to give you sound advice to help you make your way through the uncharted territories that life is riddled with.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years earlier.
Maybe, like Mitch, you've lost track - or will lose track - of this mentor as you make your way through the world, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Maybe, like Mitch, you are failing to live up to the values and beliefs that you carry deep inside. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the big questions you still wonder and worry about? Have someone listen and care? Have someone see you for who you truly are: the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Mitch Albom had a second chance to connect with his mentor. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in learning how to live.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's words and spirit with the world.
How to Ikigai - TedTalk with Tim Tamashiro (Youtube)
What Matters Most in Life? by Dennis Prager at Prager University (Youtube)
Steve Jobs - Stanford Commencement Speech (Youtube)
Lessons on Living - Ted Koppel's interviews with Morrie Schwartz (Youtube)
Interview with Mitch Albom about the impact of Tuesdays with Morrie (Youtube)