Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Summary (Question and Answer)

Chapter Nine (Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom)

CHAPTER NINE – The Second Tuesday We Talk About Feeling Sorry For Yourself.
47 56 After their meeting, Albom flew home to Detroit but returned the next Tuesday to see his old professor. Soon, the 700 mile journey became a weekly affair with each. party looking forward to their next meeting. As his disease progressed, these meetings moved from the kitchen table to Morrie’s study where he had a chair which had been set up to maximise his comfort. Why did the old professor keep a bell near his side? With the disease progressing, even the most simple of tasks now proved impossible. For this reason, he kept a bell by his side so that he could easily get the attention of his care workers who would be asked to perform any number of tasks including the most simple such as moving his head to a more comfortable position or helping him get to the toilet.
48 57 Morrie admits to Albom that he sometimes feels sorry for himself, especially in the morning when he first wakes up. How is Morrie able to stop himself feeling this way. Morrie admits to Albom that he does sometimes feel sorry for himself, but he is able to stop feeling this way by focusing on all of the good things still in his life such as people coming to see him,
49 60-61 Many years earlier, when Albom was still Morrie’s student, the old professor had a class called ‘Group Process’ in which the students were encouraged to experiment with human feelings, using their own interaction as an experiment. One exercise in this class involved a trust experiment. One student was asked to stand facing away from a second and allow themselves to fall into their partners arms. What was this designed to teach the students. This experiment was designed to teach the students to trust what they feel over what they see. This is important because if you ‘are ever going to have other people trust you, then you must learn to trust them first’.

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