Essay about Lifes Greatest Lesson

1695 Words Mar 13th, 2005 7 Pages
Life's Greatest Lesson

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." As Henry Adams stated, and is the summary of the impervious bond between the characters Mitch and Morrie, in Tuesdays with Morrie. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease is a form of motor neuron diseases. It is a rare disorder in which the nerves that control muscular activity degenerate within the brain and spinal cord. What results is weakness and wasting away of the muscles. The cause is unknown. About one to two cases of ALS are diagnosed annually per 100,000 people in the US. (Lou) Sufferers will notice weakness in the hands and arms accompanied by wasting of the muscles (Motor). The weakness
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Morrie's aphorism, "When you're in bed, you're dead," came true. Throughout Morrie's struggle with ALS, he refuses to say in bed and as he sees it as a form of surrender, he instead decides to rest in his study chair. Morrie wants to live his last days as fully as he can, and knows that if he stays in bed, he will give up to death by giving way life's simple enjoyments. In his study there are photographs of loved ones, and the books he has collected through his lifetime, it is also a place where he can look out the window and admire the beauty of nature's seasons and the outdoors. Morrie's final days when he does stay in bed is when he has at last accepted and readied himself for death.

While Mitch visited with Morrie over the weeks, Mitch learned many valuable lessons and that amongst them all tying in to how the disease was affecting Morrie. Mitch's first lesson was on the world. Morrie said "…I can sit here with my dwindling days and look at what I think is important in life. I have bother the time – and the reason – to do that" (50) Morrie knew that he wasn't able to be independent any longer, but that wasn't going to slow him down on recognizing what is really important in life. Mitch was learning the most important and precious lessons life has to offer.

"We're so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks – we're involved in trillions of little acts

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