Tenth Post of "tuesdays with Morrie" series: Love

Without further ado, here's today's topic!

The Ninth Tuesday: We Talk About How Love Goes On
"I don't think I will be [forgotten after I die]. 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. 133).

I don't think many people would argue about this statement. Our grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers, and parents live within us constantly after they've died because we remember their love for us and our love for them. We remember family stories, ridiculous adventures together, and tears shared during hard times.  

So, to me, the issue isn't how you stay alive after you're gone; it's how to you create those relationships while you're still breathing on this earth.

"'I believe in being fully present,' Morrie said. 'That means you should be with the person you're with. When I'm talking to you now, Mitch, I try to keep focused only on what is going on between us. I am not thinking about something we said last week. I am not thinking of what's coming up this Friday...I am talking with to you. I am thinking about you'" (Pg. 136).

Achieving being fully present is sooooooo hard. It's so easy to let your brain wander away during a conversation, or surf the Internet while you're on the phone with someone, or check a text message while you're in a meeting.

I want to become more fully present with the people I love. I want to truly hear them and listen to them. I want to teach my daughter that people are more important than electronics. And I intend to remind my friends and family that I expect the same in return.

Are you fully present in your relationships? Or are you checking your phone just in case something more important than your child/loved one/friend beeps in with a text?

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