Tuesday's with Morrie

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Morrie In Tuesday's with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, The main character Morrie is terminally ill with ALS. Instead of being down and depressed, he embraces his sickness and looks at it as an opportunity rather than a burden. He tells stories and life lessons to Mitch Albom in their weekly sessions. His 3 most important aphorisms in my view are, get help if you need it. Next is to accept your physical condition, and yourself, because they are at the present moment. Finally, If you want someone to trust you, you must first trust them. Mitch learns from these lessons, and I also have personal experience with them. One thing that Morrie never wants to happen, is him not being able to wipe his behind. Morrie is telling Mitch that “It's funny...I felt a little ashamed, because our culture tells us we should be ashamed if we can't wipe our own behind. But then I figured, Forget what the culture says.” (116) Morrie realizes that he needs help and he isn't ashamed of it. Throughout Morrie's life he has been himself. He never cared about what other people thought or what the culture said. He had a very happy life with that. I was building a piece of furniture and I wasn't looking at the instructions. I thought that I didn't need to. I was having trouble and was forced to look at instructions. I had excepted defeat and was alright with it. I didn't really care because I knew that I had constructed it better than I would have if I didn't use the instructions. Although Morrie is extremely sick, he still excepts himself and his physical condition. Morrie sates that you should “accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do” (18). At the end of the book, all Morrie can do is talk. He is unable to move and sometimes even talking is difficult. Instead of being negative and pessimistic, he is happy. He shows this to Mitch and Mitch learns to do the same. I
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