31 iulie 2012

Dor De O Poveste de Viata Extraordinara. ... Povestea lui Morrie Schwartz! - video


Tuesdays with Morrie , de Mitch Albom

 


"Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left?"                                                                                                             Morrie Schwartz

     Nu stiu cati dintre voi a-ti auzit de Morrie Schwartz? Probabil nu foarte multi, cel putin eu nu am auzit pana mai de curand, cand, cautand niste citate inspirationale, am descoperit un citat in limba engleza, care a avut asupra mea efectul unei lovituri de ciocan in moalele capului: Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left? – (Ma vestejesc si dispar, sau dau tot ce e mai bun in timpul care mi-a mai ramas?)- Morrie Schwartz!
     Nu auzisem niciodata acest nume, asa ca avand abonament! la prietenul Google, am decis ca trebuie sa fac cateva investigatii. Ce am aflat, las la aprecierea voastra sa apreciati si sa catalogati…

     Născut dintr-un tată rus (despre originea mamei nu am aflat nimic, dar probabil era evreica), Morrie Schwartz a crescut in locuintele dintr-un cartier evreiesc din New York. Dupa ce a obtinut diploma de licenţă la City College din New York, si-a obţinut luat masteratul şi doctoratul in sociologie la Universitatea din Chicago in 1946 şi respectiv 1951.
     A scris trei cărţi de sociologie intre anii 1950 şi 1960. Apoi a început sa predea la Universitatea Brandeis, catedra de sociologie. Unul dintre studentii sai, Mitch Albom, a devenit gazetar sportiv şi gazda a unui renumit show de televiziune.  
     Continua sa predea la Brandeis, la 70 de ani, cand, a fost diagnosticat cu o boala neuronala rara, ALS
(scleroza laterala amiotrofica, cunoscuta si sub denumirea de boala lui Lou Gehrig, sau boala Charcot).

Morrie Schwartz impreuna cu Mitch Albom
     Cu toate acestea, Moorie a continuat sa predea pana la a implinit şaptezeci şi şase de ani, un curs care încorpora tot ceea ce învătase despre sensurile vieţii si cum vedea el confruntarea cu moartea iminentă.
     Cand producatorul emisiunii "Nightline", de la canalul de televiziune ABC-TV, Ted Koppel a auzit de cursurile sale, a zburat la Boston pentru primul dintr-o serie de interviuri pe care i le-a luat lui Morrie. Se spune ca aceste interviuri au adus  emisiunii "Nightline", printre cele mai ridicate raitiguri din toate timpurile.
     Ultimul interviu, luat lui Morrie Schwartz, cu o saptamana inainte de moartea sa, i-a fost acordat lui Mitch Albom, fostul student, cand Morrie avea şaptezeci şi nouă de ani. Acest interviu, intitulat lectii de viata
(Lessons on Living) cu Morrie, il puteti urmari aici.


    Si-a petrecut ultimii ani de suferinta alaturi de sotia sa, Charlotte, fiii lui, Rob şi Jon, dar si a catorva sute de foşti studenţi influentati a caror viata le-a fost influentata de Morrie.
     Interesant este ca Morrie Schwartz si-a scris singur epitaful lui: „A Teacher to the Last (Un profesor pana la sfarsit).

     In 1997, Mitch Albom, scrie o carte intitulata Tuesdays with Morrie (Marti cu Morrie), roman adaptat mai tarziu, intr-un film de televiziune bibliografic purtand acelasi nume, de  catre scenaristul Thomas Rickman sub regia lui Mick Jackson. Filmul, care i-a avut in rolurile principale pe Jack Lemmon si pe Hank Azaria,  prezinta povestea adevarata a prof. de sociologie Morrie Schwartz si minunata relatie pe care a avut-o acesta cu studentii sai. Unul dintre studenti, Mitch Albom, joaca un rol mai special in viata prof. Morrie. Cartea lui Albom este plina de lecţii şi de sfaturi pline de înţelepciune, pe care Morrie le în etapa finala a vieţii.

Va las in final cu o serie de ganduri extrase din cartea lui Mitch Albom,  Tuesdays with Morrie, deocamdata in limba engleza, dar cu promisiune
a, ca le voi traduce in cel mai scurt timp si in romaneste.
                                                             
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The Syllabus
pg 10
“Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left?”
The Audiovisual
pg 18
“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.”
pg 21
“There are some mornings when I cry and cry and mourn for myself. Some mornings, I’m so angry and bitter. But it doesn’t last too long. Then I get up and say, ‘I want to live . . .’”
The Classroom
pg 33
“I’m on the last great journey here–and people want me to tell them what to pack.”
pg 34
“Have you found someone to share your heart with?” “Are you giving to your community?” “Are you at peace with yourself?” “Are you trying to be as human as you can be?”
pg 35
“Dying, is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else. So many of the people who come to visit me are unhappy.”
pg 36
“I may be dying, but I am surrounded by loving, caring souls. How many people can say that?”
pg 40
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.”“A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.” “A wrestling match. Yes you could describe life that way.” “Which side wins?” “Love wins. Love always wins.”
Taking Attendance
pg 42
“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”
pg 43
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re 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.”
The First Tuesday We Talk About The World
pg 51
“One day, I’m gonna show you it’s okay to cry.”
pg 52
“You asked about caring for people I don’t even know. But can I tell you the thing I’m learning more with this disease?” “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” “Let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we think if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levine said it right. He said, ‘Love is the only rational act.’” “‘Love is the only rational act.’”
The Second Tuesday We Talk About Feeling Sorry For Yourself
pg 61
“Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people to trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too–even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
The Fourth Tuesday We Talk About Death
pg 81
“Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
pg 82
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
pg 83
“Because, most of us all walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do.”“Well, the truth is, if you really listen to that bird on your shoulder, if you accept that you can die at any time–then you might not be as ambitious as you are.”
pg 84
“Even I don’t know what ’spiritual development’ really means. But I do know we’re deficient in some way. We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don’t satisfy us. The loving relationship we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted.”
The Fifth Tuesday We Talk About Family
pg 91
“If you don’t have support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, ‘Love each other or perish.’”
pg 92
“This is part of what family is about, not just love, but letting others know there’s someone who is watching out for them. Knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
pg 93
“There is no experience like having children. That’s all. There is no substitute for it. If you want to have the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children.”
The Sixth Tuesday We Talk About Emotions
pg 104
“If you hold back on the emotions–if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails.”
pg 105
“I thought about how often this was needed in every day 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 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.”
The Seventh Tuesday We Talk About The Fear Of Aging
pg 118
“Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”“You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can’t wait until sixty-five.”
pg 120
“You have to find what’s good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue.”
The Eighth Tuesday We Talk About Money
pg 125
“These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.”“When you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.”
pg 127-128
“If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
pg 128
“Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.”
The Ninth Tuesday We Talk About How Love Goes On
pg 133
“I’ve got so many people who have been involved with me in close, intimate ways. And love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
pg 136
“Part of the problem, is that everyone in such a hurry, People haven’t found meaning in their lives, so they’re running all the time looking for it. They think the next car, the next house, the next job. They find those things are empty, too, and they keep running.”
The Tenth Tuesday We Talk About Marriage
pg 149
“If you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike.” “And the biggest one of those values.” “Your belief in the importance of your marriage.”
The Eleventh Tuesday We Talk About Our Culture
pg 156
“Every society has its own problems, The way to do it, I think, isn’t to run away. You have to work at creating your own culture.”
The Audiovisual, Part Three
pg 163
“Be compassionate, And take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place.”
The Twelfth Tuesday We Talk About Forgiveness
pg 164
“There is no point in keeping vengeance or stubbornness. These things I so regret in my life. Pride. Vanity. Why do we do the things we do?”
pg 167
“Make peace. You need to make peace with yourself and everyone around you.”
The Thirteenth Tuesday We Talk About The Perfect Day
pg 173
“That’s what we’re all looking for. A certain peace with the idea of dying. If we know, in the end, that we can ultimately have that peace with dying, then we can finally do the really hard thing.” “Which is?” “Make peace with living.”
pg 174
“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away.”“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
pg 177-178
“There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like.”
pg 178
            “Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own.”
 

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