Tuesdays With Morrie is a real story that reflects the life lessons of Morrie Schwartz, who was Mitch's sociology professor at Brandeis University. When Morrie was diagnosed with ALS, which is progressive and fatal, hundreds of his former students reached out to visit him; this in itself is a testament to his influence in his students' lives.
One of these former students was Mitch Albom, who visits Morrie again on a Tuesday; the visit is so meaningful that he decides to keep returning over a series of Tuesdays. During this time, Morrie shares valuable lessons about how to live a meaningful life; Mitch records and compiles these lessons, which become the basis of the book Tuesdays With Morrie.
Morrie never flinches from topics that might be uncomfortable. He opens up to Mitch about the parts of ALS which leave him feeling particularly vulnerable:
Do you remember when I told Ted Koppel that pretty soon someone was gonna have to wipe my ass? ... Well, I think that day is coming. That one bothers me. ... Because it's the ultimate sign of dependency. Someone wiping your bottom. But I'm working on it. I'm trying to enjoy the process.
Their conversations also touch on deeply significant truths, such as how to avoid living a life of regret:
Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.
In one conversation, Morrie reveals what he would like his tombstone to say: "A Teacher to the Last." It is with this spirit that Morrie approaches his final days, teaching those who love him how to live better, happier, and more fulfilling lives. These inspirational lessons are recorded by Mitch Albom in this captivating memoir.