Morrie Schwartz (on reflection and the big ‘what if?’)

“It’s what everyone worries about….What if today were my last day on earth? The culture doesn’t encourage you to think about such things until you’re about to die. 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 just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is that all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?

Morrie Schwartz (1916-1995) was a professor of sociology at Brandeis University, whose brilliant teaching went global because of Mitch Albom‘s huge-selling 1997 memoir, Tuesdays With Morrie

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