Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Movie Quote of the Week: Tuesdays with Morrie, Pt. 2

I already started these quotes, but I had to finish them. I love this movie! See the beginning of this post HERE - LINK IT!!

Fear. There were horrifying times, and his first emotions were horror, fear, and anxiety. But once he recognized the feel of those emotions, he was able to say, “Okay. This is fear. Step away from it. Step away. I thought about how often this was needed in everyday life. How we feel lonely, sometimes to the point of tears, but we don’t let those tears come because we are not supposed to cry. Or how we feel a surge of love for a partner but we don’t say anything because we’re frozen with the fear of what those words might do to the relationship. Morrie’s approach was exactly the opposite. Turn on the faucet. Wash yourself with the emotion. It won’t hurt you. It will only help. If you let the fear inside, if you pull it on like a familiar shirt, then you can say to yourself – All right, it’s just fear. I don’t have to let it control me.

Be compassionate. And take responsibility for each other. If only we learned those lessons, this world would be so much a better place. – And finally, Love each other or die.

Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find your way back. Sometimes it is only in your head. Sometimes it is right alongside their beds. The last class of my old professor’s life took place once a week, in his home, by a window in his study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink flowers. The class met on Tuesdays. No books were required. The subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience. The teaching goes on.

It’s not just other people we need to forgive. We also need to forgive ourselves. For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened. That doesn’t help you when you get to die. You need to make peace with yourself and everyone around you.

“In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get old, you need others to survive, right? But here’s the secret: in between, we need others as well.”

“And love is how you stay alive, even after you’re gone.” (Tuesdays with Morrie)


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