“There’s a better approach. To know you’re going to die, and to be prepared for it at any time. That’s better. That way you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living it.”
“Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do, accept the past as past without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.”
“As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you’d always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. Its growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die. It’s the positive that you understand you’re going to die. And that you live a better life because of it.”
“You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see; you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them too, too —- even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins”
These were the passages that were shared to us by the passage speaker.
These passages really mean something not only in the author’s life but for us. It sends a message. It gives us a clearer picture about the meaning of life. We were enlightened through these passages.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)- A chronic, progressive disease marked by gradual degeneration of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. The disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy and usually results in death. Also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Aphorisms-A brief statement of a principle
Fumbling-o proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder
Deferments-To put off; postpone.
Jotting-A brief note or memorandum.
Squirmed-to twist about in a wriggling, snakelike motion; writhe.
Grappling-to seize and hold, as with a grapple.
Atrophied-A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use:
Picketers-A person or group of persons stationed outside a place of employment, usually during a strike, to express grievance or protest and discourage entry by nonstriking employees or customers.
Intrusive-Intruding or tending to intrude.
Nostalgia-A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
Tenement-A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
Synagogue-A building or place of meeting for worship and religious instruction in the Jewish faith.
Murky-heavy and thick with smoke, mist, or fog; hazy.
Agnostic-One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.
Exuberance-The quality or condition of being exuberant.
these were the words that were presented b the vocabulary en richer. most of the words listed above were familiar and we know the meaning. such as , aphorisms, jotting , squirmed, grappling and etc.
so , i hope that you’ve learned some new words for today :))
He spent most of his life as a sociology professor at Brandeis University. He continues to teach as long as he can even after being diagnosed with ALS. He realizes that he is dying and learned to accept his death; he wanted to share his philosophies, on the meaning of life, with the world.
One of Morrie’s signature characteristics is his ability to draw human sprit and genuine emotion from everyone he befriends.
- He is courageous enough to learn and accept death, and that he wanted to share his philosophies, on the meaning of life, with the world.
- In addition he accepted the help of other people and was not ashamed of his disabilities. In that case, we can consider him a strong willed person.
- He is a philosopher, because of his beliefs and the lessons he taught, where in it’s all about the meaning of life. It also clearly shows that, he has formulated his own perspective in life, and was a great mentor.
- He is determined to share his philosophies to Mitch. he wanted Mitch to become a better person.
- He is also humble.
He is determined to see Mitch return to his caring self that he was in college when in Morrie’s class. During their meetings, he tells Mitch stories about his life and about his personal beliefs; he teaches him to reject pop-culture beliefs and to create his own values based on compassion and what he can offer others.
Morrie is adamant about rejecting pop-culture norms and values and maintaining his own. He has learned to accept his death and manages to continue offering love and compassion until he dies.
Morrie also accepts and does not become ashamed of his disabilities. When he becomes so sick and can no longer do his daily tasks without help from others, he embraces this and enjoys feeling like an infant or a child. Since he was so deprived of love in his childhood, he now thrives on the affection and love of others, which is usually the case when we are all infants who are solely dependent on our family.
Mitch is a sports writer who gave up his dream of becoming a musician for a life of money, success and materialism. Since his college graduation he has become very disillusioned and has since devoted his life to money and success. He works most days and nights dedicating little time to himself or his wife.
- At first, he was workaholic and only thought of money and success when later on the story he realizes with the help of Morrie to give more importance on love and family. Thus we can say that Mitch is an adaptive person by being able to adapt the lesson that his mentor had taught him.
- He is also a loving and a caring student. Wherein he gives respect to his mentor and loves him as his favorite teacher.
- At the end , Mitch was changed.
Since his visits with Morrie and the strike, he becomes very frustrated with his career decisions, materialistic mentality and the way he treats his relationships. Through his meetings with Morrie, he realizes that he must change this life in which he thought he was happy. He wants another chance to reassess his values and priorities so that he can create a fulfilling life for himself before it is too late.
He has learned how much of his life he has wasted consumed in his work. After listening to Morrie’s philosophies Mitch finds his life quite meaningless.
He wishes to die knowing that he has lived his life to the fullest, that he has loved and forgiven himself as well as others and to have no regrets. Morrie helps him see the man who he wishes to become; he would like to value love instead of money and accept people over pop-culture and media gossip. Morrie was successful at penetrating Mitch’s ignorance and allows Mitch to see life in a whole new perspective.
the vocabulary is coming soon .
WAIT TILL HELENS COMES
Hello again readers ;) I’m back for another review of this month’s reading blog, and now … guess what!? How about posting back to back of cover to cover double slam books. Ain’t it exciting ;)
Now, we’re having Wait Till Helens Comes and Tuesdays With Morrie
This past month’s I’ve been very busy with school stuff, lots of exams, reports and requirements. but , that’s a student’s life, isn’t it ? However, moi and my group mates still manage to meet for our monthly reading. So, let’s start !
By the way, let’s take a recap on last month’s book. Which is posted right down under ;))
This month’s discussion is, Sharmaine. Our venue this time, is at Happy Kingkong. It’s a beautiful place in Uhaw. It where you can find the amazing banana burger. Yes ! indeed . you read it right. Banana burger , their patty is made from literally the banana peels, which they majestically transforms into patty and actually tastes the same. How wonderful is that! Another amazing recipe they’ve had is crème saging that is affordable and delicious. It is made from banana, which they sweetened it then , they will add ice , sugar and milk. Hmm, sounds delicious right? Well, we stayed there for two purposes , that is to eat, and to afford wifi. We had a blast staying in Happy Kingkong. By the way, I’m not hired for advertisement. Haha! I just want to share it to you guys.
Let’s proceed. The discussion director, which her job is to give five provocative questions to stimulate the senses to formulate good answers and debatable subjects.
Before starting the main discussions, let me first give a summary of the book.
The main characters in the book were Heather, Molly, Michael, Dave and Jane. Molly and Michael are siblings from the same mother, and heather is their step sister whom her father married molly and Michaels mother. Heather is a lonely child , she doesn’t have friends although her siblings encourage her to go play with them. By the way , heather is 7 yrs old, molly is 13 and Michael is ?
Molly likes poems and reading books while Michael is an avid fan of science and had a collection of insects, exactly a lot. Then, molly and Michael acts kind to heather , but heather is
First up is, do you believe in ghost? I do believe in ghost although I haven’t experience any sightings. Jenny also agrees with me but Dimas, Romeo and Jenevic disagrees because they believe in the saying, “to see is to believe”
Why did Michael didn’t believe in ghost although he experienced it all. For me, he doesn’t want to believe it all because he doesn’t want to scare himself of all the things that had happened and he believes in scientific stuff as agreed by Sharmaine. Romeo’s idea was Michael doesn’t want to be different where in fact he is different evident in all his collection.
Jenny said that probably Michael doesn’t want any conflict with the ghost.
If they did not transfer, what do you think would happen?
I said that the situation would be the same and Heathers attitude problem will worsen. Some answers was, if they did not transfer the meeting between Heather and Helen would not meet, they cannot start a new life and Helen would not know that her parents had forgiven her already so that they may live in peace.
Where do you think the children would go after their tragic death?
All of us said that they would surely go to heaven.
These were the passages given by me ;))
“If we give her enough love , she’ll change”
The power of love was shown at the latter part of the novel already, were they try to give more love to Heather wherein she changed indeed because of the love that they had given her.
“nothing.” I moved away from him, ashamed to tell him what I thought I’d seen and snuggled next to mom. With my head on her shoulder, I feel safe, especially when she slid her arm around me and gave me a hug.”
This passage tells us how a mother cares and loves her son/daughters. Wherein you can perceive how her children feels safe when ever in her arms. It clearly shows that mothers really are the light of the home. She let her children feels safe in her arms in times of scary moments. A mother will always be there for her children no matter what. I also feel safe together with my siblings whenever we are near our mother. I always like to talk to her about what had happen to me the entire day. We talk about a lot of stuff. And it relates to me, how a mother would really care towards her children.
“I envied the way my little brother could dismiss scary thought.” What do you think happens when people die, though? Do you think part of your lives forever?”
The content of the novel has the element of supernatural being, where in it shows death. People are afraid of death surely. We are always to think of what would happen if we die. We are always thinking of this stuff. Just like Molly in the novel, she was curios enough to think of it. It only shows that even a child of thirteen thinks about the matter of death, any age is curious enough to think about it especially the oldies. Now, are you thinking about death? One thing that I would share is the poem of John Donne, Death be not Proud. I would really suggest that you would read this poem. No matter how you avoid death, it will surely come, because our life here on Earth is just temporary.
“She forgave her, Molly” she forgave her. She looked up at me and smiled.
This passage shows the effectiveness of forgiveness, because no matter how much is your mistakes, you are always forgiven. Forgiving somebody is a heartfelt gratitude that a person can feel, and one must ask for forgiveness because without asking forgiveness it is a burden to one’s heart. So if you need to ask for forgiveness, ask now, don’t be afraid there’s no harm in asking, as long as you are sincere and honest, there’s nothing to worry about.
In relation to the novel, the connector shared his personal experiences about mystery, acceptance for death and family.
No matter how things were had been the bond that ties the family is still there and it was never gone.
He shared that he also experienced the same thing not totally, it just his uncle and his cousin shared their house saying that they’ll stay only for a week and days had gone by, till they stayed for few months. Then, he bullied his cousin for being mischievous at the age of 7. The speaker, Romeo said that it adds to the burden of their mother, in budgeting the money, the household chore . But at the latter part, family is family. so, he just accepted it and was happy.
Acceptance of death is difficult. It needs a lot of courage. Death is a matter of a lifetime, wherein people are afraid to talk about it, and even to think. But in the novel, even though it was an accident Helen accepted death and was forgiven by her parents.
Jenevic characterize them as;
Jean – loving mother, considerate towards her children’s feelings , optimistic.
Dave- over protective towards heather, sweet and loving.
Helen- possessive, persuasive, friendly by Heathers perspective, and a lovely ghost.
Molly- obedient to her mother, a heron for heather, sensitive and determined.
Michael- believes that supernatural things can be explained by science.
Heather- spoiled brat, naughty, curious, adventurous and deep inside there is something that she’s afraid of and hard to please.
Over all, my group mates responded at their tasks and had done their job well. The novel was touching and a little scary for me. We all agreed to the discussions.
He relates how the love of his strict teacher molded him as a student and he is always reminded how his rules had affected him the most. Eventhough his teacher is strict where most of the students in their school hated this teacher , in him , he is a mentor. He taught him how to be a leader, how to manage oneself. He said that it is genuine love for him between a mentor and a student. The fact that everybody in their scholl hated this certain techer , for him, it is different.