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2015年4月6日星期一

Is Something Missing?


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  The first time I saw Morrie on "Nightline", I wondered what regrets he had once he knew his death was imminent. Did he lament lost friends? Would he have done much differently? Selfishly, I wondered if I were in his shoes, would I be consumed with sad thoughts of all I had missed? Would I regret the secrets I had kept hidden?

  When I mentioned this to Morrie, he nodded. "It's what everyone worries about, isn't it? What if today were my last day on earth?" He studied my face, and perhaps he saw an ambivalence about my own choices. I had vision of me keeling over my desk one day, halfway through a story, my editors snatching the copy even as the medics carried my body away.

  "Mitch?" Morrie said.

  I shook my head and said nothing. But Morrie picked up on my hesitation.

  "Mitch," he said, "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 this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?"

Tuesday with Morrie, P64-65
Mitch Albom
ISBN 978-0-7515-2981-4

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