Tuesday with Morrie: Five Important things

I have been taking a leadership class. Last night, I, along with two of my classmates presented the first half of the book Tuesdays With Morrie. I drew a mind map of the first five Tuesdays Mitch Albom discussed with Morrie Schwartz.

Mind Map of the first five topics in "Tuesdays with Morrie"

 

The mind map goes over the first five topics Morrie and Mitch discuss:

  • The world
  • Feeling sorry for yourself
  • Regrets
  • Death
  • Family

These are topics you don’t normally talk about at work. But I found through the discussion that leadership is more than getting things done and motivating the office. We bring our whole selves to work and what we think and feel about important topics affect everything we do.

So here’s the question we gave the class: If you knew you were dying, what would you tell a loved one, or a coworker about one of these topics?

What would you say?

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Love each other or perish

Cartoon of parents and a son in a vehicle. The son says, "Love, love, love! That's all you ever talk about. Do you think the rest of the world operates this way?"

Cartoon of parents and a son in a vehicle. The son says, “Love, love, love! That’s all you ever talk about. Do you think the rest of the world operates this way?”

For a class, I’ve been reading Tuesdays with Morrie. in the book, Mitch Albom quotes his dying professor:

“If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, ‘Love each other or perish.'”

Often, we don’t see love as a necessity. But it is as important as water or food. We need to give unselfish love as much as we need to receive it.

  • If you are a parent, continue to love your kids through the times they aren’t very lovely. Everything is a season.
    • Sooner or later, they’ll realize how much you love them.
    • Sooner or later, you’ll need them as much as they need you now.
  • If you are married, remember your vows. Learn to love unselfishly, especially when you don’t feel like it.
    • Be there for them in every situation.
    • You never know when you will need him or her to be your advocate.
  • If you are single, find a group of friends at church or another institution.
    • Find a group that you can be an advocate for.
    • If your parents are alive, find ways to honor them

No matter where we are in life, we can find someone to love unconditionally as they learn to do the same. Because at the end, the only thing that matters is love.

And it’s okay to talk too much about love. If you’re kids get annoyed about all the love talk, then at least you know they are getting the message.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

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