What can we learn from reading this book?

Throughout the book Morrie gives Mitch and all of the readers many valuable lessons that we should all take into consideration in our lives. He teaches us not to get caught up in society's ways, but instead create our own set of values and opinions based on what we truly believe in our heart. Money and materialistic items aren't all that matter because though they may satisfy you for a moment of time, that moment never last very long. Relationships are what truly give you the love that we all need, whether they be with good friends, family, or spouses. One of my favorites quotes of his states, "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in"(52). Morrie revolves all of his lessons of life around this one concept of love. If you love you won't have the regrets in life because you will have felt like you have lived your life to its absolute fullest. Even if you do have emotions such as envy, regret, and greed, he advises you to detach yourself from it because you have felt that particular feeling and can move on. Another point Morrie stresses is embracing death and aging. Aging isn't bad because you have lived through more experiences that add to your wisdom. As soon as we all truly understand death, we will know how to live our lives to the fullest because of the little time we have left to do so.

Favorite Quotes

"You can live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. Death ends a life not a relationship" (174).
*Even though you may be physically gone, your presence and life will always be remembered in the minds of the people you loved and that loved you. Just because you cannot be next to them, they will always remember the great memories you had together even after you're dead. Your life will continue in the stories that they tell throughout their lives and then passed down again.

"Every day have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, 'Is today the day? Am I being the person I want to be?' "(81).
*This reminds us that we sometimes get caught up in our lives and should instead think about how we are living our lives and if that is how we want to be doing so. If you were to die tomorrow you would want to make sure that you are acting the way you wanted to so that you don't have regrets and the people around you aren't hurt even more.

"Without love we are birds with broken wings"(92).
*He's telling us that the world revolves around love. A bird could not fly and be what a bird is without its wings just like we could not truly be the people we are without love in our lives. Love is necessary for the human body to function and without it we aren't truly live, just sitting on branch waiting to be moved.

"When you learn how to die, you learn how to live"(104).
*When we all understand and accept the fact that we will die, we want to get in the last things possible and fulfill the dreams we have. The reality of death teaches us to be better people because when faced with it, you want the little remaining life you have left to matter and be the way you want it to be.

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in"(52).
*Again he is saying that love is the center of all things. If you bottle up all your love inside of you or push others who are trying to love you away, you will feel empty and live an unsatisfied life. But with love blooming inside of you, you are able to grow and be truly happy.

Essential Questions:

What do you value most in life?

I value my family, friends, and loved ones around me more than anything in the world. They are always there for me as I am for them, and without them I would never be the same, overall happy person I am today. We share everything together and they are the only ones I would ever want to spend my time with. I value the love that we all have for each other and I try to remember daily that not everyone has these kind of loving relationships with people in their lives. There is nothing more important in the world to me than my family and the love we share; it is one thing I would never be able to live without.

Who are the people that influence you the most in your life?

My parents definitely influenced me the most in my life because they are the ones who have taught me all I know and showed me the way that they believe we should all live. I do agree with the values and beliefs they have not because I haven't opened my mind to the other possibilities, but more because I trust and believe that they are doing what they believe is right. They are the source of my upbringing and gave me their morals and wisdom long before I could think up my own. My mom has probably indirectly influenced my desire to become a teacher, in math like her, because I have been around and seen what she does on a normal basis and believe I will enjoy that same lifestyle.

What is life's greatest lesson?

Life's greatest lesson is to love one another with all your heart, mind, and spirit. When you give love freely, it is returned to you in the same manner and you feel satisfied with your life. As Morrie says in the book, "Without love we are birds with broken wings"(92). I completely agree because love is what we shape our lives around. When someone has love in their lives, you can tell by the way the act around others and how they treat the people around them. If a person is given love they will be willing to give it out to others and so the chain goes on.
You must love one another or die. "Love each other or die."- Morrie