I finally read the book - Tuesdays with Morrie (by Mitch Albom) which I decided to read after I watched the wonderful drama Wah! Guru last month. The drama is based on this book. The thoughts about life and death created such an interest in my mind that I finished reading the book in a single day. I actually got into it! Good utilization of my Saturday time! :-)
Sharing some beautiful thoughts/aphorisms from this book :-
"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it."
"Everyone knows they are going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did,we would do things differently."
"To know you are going to die, and to be prepared for it at any time. That way you can actually be more involved in your life while you are living."
"The truth is once you learn how to die,you learn how to live."
"At seventy eight, he was giving as an adult and taking as a child."
"I embrace aging. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at 22, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at 22. Aging is not just decay. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you are going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you are going to die, and that you live a better life because of it."
"If you are trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you are trying to show off for people at bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone."
"When you are in bed,you are dead."
"People are only mean when they are threatened. And that's what our culture does. That's what our economy does. Even people who have jobs in our economy are threatened, because they worry about losing them. And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself.You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture."
"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
And will end this post by this beautiful moral story :-
The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. It's enjoying the wind and the fresh air until it notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the store.
"My God, this is terrible", the wave says."Look what's going to happen to me!" Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to the wave, "Why do you look so sad?"
The first wave says,"You don't understand! We are all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn't it terrible?"
The second wave says,"No, you don't understand. You are not a wave, you are part of the ocean!"
Enjoy reading !