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Tuesday’s With Morrie + a giveaway

January 19, 2010

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom is one of my very favorite books.  I read it every January to help me put my life back in perspective.  My mom gave it to me several years ago and inside she wrote “This book is a treasure.  Read it, underline it, study it, memorize it, live it.”  Every year as I reread my getting tattered copy I keep a running list of my new favorite quotes.  This year there are 18.  But these few are my favorites.

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  • Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. -pg 18
  • You have to find what is good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. -pg 120
  • In business, people negotiate to win.  They negotiate to get what they want. … Love is different.  Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own. pg-178

This last one stuck out more than any of the others this year.   I think is going to be my motto for this year… and the rest of my life.

  • So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important.  This is because they are chasing the wrong things.  The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. -pg 43

I wish I had kept my lists from the last 10 times I have read this book.  I know my mom said to underline it, but I really like looking at each year with fresh new eyes.  I want to really see everything that is there, not look at what I thought was important last year, and the year before that.  So, here is to a new year (again).

If you have never read this book, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.  I was wasting time at an antiques store today and I found a nearly new hardback copy and an idea hatched.  I am going to send it to you (unfortunately not all of you).  Leave me a comment before Saturday (Jan 23rd) at midnight and you will be entered in my first giveaway.  I will draw a winner on Sunday morning.  And if you don’t win, get yourself to the nearest friend’s house/library/used book store/Barnes&Noble/Amazon and pick one up.  Beg borrow or steal*.  But get one.  It’s that important.

*I can not be held responsible for irresponsible, irrational or illegal behavior.  But if you go to jail stealing this book, I promise to send you one in prison.  Promise.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 11:18 pm

    That sounds like an absolutely amazing book and I can’t believe that I haven’t heard of it before. I really enjoyed reading those quotes, and I even wrote them down so that I can remember them! Just by hearing those quotes, I know the book has to be wonderful!! I would love to be entered into your giveaway! :) What a fun idea!! And if I don’t win, I will definitely go and find that book. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Robin permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:22 am

    I love that book! I had my own copy… and then I lent it to a friend and never got it back! It was a sad, sad day.

  3. Trish permalink
    January 20, 2010 3:01 pm

    Hi beautiful lady, I remember hearing you talk so fondly of that book so I actually downloaded it on audio tape, but I have not had the chance to listen to it quite yet. But I saw it and thought of you and was compelled to make the effort regardless if I had time to at least listen to it!

  4. January 20, 2010 4:00 pm

    My grandfather died of Lou Gherig’s disease about 12 years ago, so this book has a very special place in my heart. Thanks for spreading the word. :) I don’t actually own a copy (my dad and all of his brothers and sisters were gifted a copy by my grandmother one Christmas), so I would love one to call my own!

    • January 25, 2010 12:51 pm

      Congratulations! You are our winner! Email me your address and I’ll get this in the mail. I hope you love this book as much as I do.

  5. Kim permalink
    January 20, 2010 11:18 pm

    Okay, Shay says we just have the audio book, I would much rather hold the book in my hand to read it, so I am entering after all.

  6. Kim permalink
    January 21, 2010 12:45 am

    Ah yes, love that book, borrowed it from my mom, would love to actually own a copy, it is a rare one that I would reread…even though it isn’t a Nicholas Sparks book. Sorry, just had to put that in.

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