Tuesdays With Morrie

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

This book was such a pleasant surprise. Mr. Albom detailed the story of his college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Even though he was dying, Morrie was able to inspire millions of people through his interviews on Nightline, and through the story provided by Mr. Albom. In facing and accepting death, Morrie was able to enjoy every moment of his life. 

My favorite part was the chapter, "The Eighth Tuesday: We Talk About Money.” In this chapter, Morrie explained to Mr. Albom that money would not provide a meaningful life. Instead, "devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." I believe Morrie was absolutely right.

I have been given a great opportunity during my incarceration these past couple years to really lay a strong foundation for leading a meaningful life. Through AVP and various other volunteer activities, I am able to devote myself to loving others, my community, and creating something that gives me great purpose. Money, prestige, recognition — these are all false pursuits that will never leave me feeling fulfilled. Instead, with nurturing relationships, making emotional connections, and creating something of value in my community here while in prison, I believe I have started to lay out the blueprint of how I would like to eventually live life out in the real world.

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