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The Final Thesis September 4, 2012

I just finished reading Tuesdays with Morrie. Coincidentally i manage to finish the book on Tuesday also=)

First of all, i would to say thank you to my friend, Lin, for introducing this book to her blog readers.http://tangerineofsorts.blogspot.com

You should read it too. I can feel like i can hear Professor Morrie Schwartz voice when he talked to Mitch Albom . I should try to adapt his life’s lesson in my everyday life.

Towards the ending on their final thesis , i found:

1. “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?”

This is the hardest part for me since i’m too stubborn to let go my vengeance=(.. I really have to learn to do this…
2. Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find your way back.

This remind me of my sister, i do not know how to describe her. The closest term i can describe her is a slow learner- A “slow learner” is not a diagnostic category, it is a term people use to describe a student who has the ability to learn necessary academic skills, but at rate and depth below average same age peers. In order to grasp new concepts, a slow learner needs more time, more repetition, and often more resources from teachers to be successful. Reasoning skills are typically delayed, which makes new concepts difficult to learn. A slow learner has traditionally been identified as anyone with a Full Scale IQ one standard deviation below the mean but not as low as two standard deviations below the mean. If a cognitive assessment (IQ test) has a mean (average) of 100, we expect most students will fall within one standard deviation of 100. That means that most students have an IQ of 85 to 115. Those who fall two standard deviations below the mean are often identified as having an Intellectual Disability (IQ below 70). A slow learner does not meet criteria for an Intellectual Disability(also called mental retardation). However, she learns slower than average students and will need additional help to succeed.( http://www.schoolpsychologistfiles.com)
I had a chat with one of the lecturers here, she told me she had a son who had a similar problem. He did not feel the necessity to study until he entered Form 2. She told me they are ‘Late Bloomers’. Keep motivating them, the will surely bloom one day. InsyaAllah. I know my sister will bloom one day, but i also wish she has a good and concern teacher to motivates her.

Part of the problem is that everyone is in such a hurry. People haven’t found meaning in their lives, so they’re running all the time looking for it. They think of the next car, the next house, the next job. Then they find those things are empty, too and they keep running. 

This is the situation i always see in my everyday life. Sometimes it makes me wanna start running, but then i think is it worth to run, is it worth the sweat? From my interpretation, i think we should do things that we want to do do without compromising the person we love. Because they will be the one who will be with us forever. This remind me on  The Alchemist –The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it has been translated into 71 languages as of 2011.There’s one part in the novel, where the Shepard boy asked the wise man how he manage to be so rich. The wise man asked the boy to go around his palace and at the same time  holding the drops of oil on the spoon. On his first attempt, he manage to save the oil, but he failed to treasure the palace. On his second attempt, he manage to enjoy the luxury of the palace but he forget about the oil. Then the wise man said “Well there is only one piece of advice I can give you, The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon”.

Thank you Mitch Albom- An old man, A young man and A Life’s greatest lesson : Tuesdays with Morrie


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