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Tuesdays With Morrie

by Mitch Albom
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What aphorism from the book Tuesdays with Morrie is most relevant in 2021? Why?

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Morrie has some incredible aphorisms that are fairly timeless, and here are some that you might consider for this prompt almost twenty-five years after the book was published.

On the twelfth Tuesday, Morrie tells Mitch, "Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others." In our culture, it's easy to become focused on our shortcomings and in the ways we have failed others and even failed in our expectations for ourselves. This is a reminder that life is best lived in harmony.

On the seventh Tuesday, Morrie provides advice about aging: "Accept who you are and revel in that." Our modern culture seems especially self-critical as we constantly compare ourselves to impossible standards of beauty and accomplishments on social media. Though these images are often highly curated, there is a tendency, regardless of age, to feel that we can't measure up to all the people we see online. Morrie's advice to simply accept ourselves for the beautifully flawed people we are is a great reminder to live with self-acceptance.

On the sixth Tuesday, Morrie advises Mitch, "Don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent." This aphorism is a great reminder to those in 2021 who seek self-fulfillment through materialistic measures: houses, cars, designer clothing, and expensive dinners (and often bragged about on social media accounts). As Morrie dies, he realizes that life itself is impermanent and therefore so are all the things he has acquired in his lifetime. As we progress through life, we should not become focused on acquiring materialistic objects.

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