As Morrie's health continues to deteriorate, the ninth Tuesday focuses on being present and giving people your attention. Morris teaches Albom the importance of reacting and listing to people. Albom admits to taking a course with Morrie that dealt with being present and giving people your attention. At the time, Albom thought it was a pointless lesson, but now he sees the importance and value in the lesson. With his teacher's health failing, Albom focuses on Morrie instead of his own problems. This is not only appreciated by Morrie, but shows Albom's growth and understanding. As people run around busy without giving time to one another, Morrie explains the difference between being present and just having small talk. Instead of being distracted, it's important to be there for people and truly listen to what they have to say to you.