The Twelfth Tuesday: We Talk About Forgiveness


Morrie tells Mitch to forgive himself, and to forgive others, before he dies. Morrie tells Mitch about his friend Norman, whom he never forgave for something. Norman and Morrie were good friends, however Norman and his wife moved away. Morrie's wife got surgery, but Norman and his wife never checked in to see how she was doing. Norman tried to reconcile but Morrie didn't accept it because he wasn't satisfied with the explanation. Norman then died of cancer before Morrie even got to forgive him. Morrie now lives with pain because of this.

"Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others." (Albom 164)

Readers should take away a few things from this chapter. First, readers should learn to forgive yourself. There are always bad things you've done in the past but you shouldn't hold onto that. Forgive yourself for the bad things you've done in the past. Secondly, you should forgive others. Everyone has done bad things but you shouldn't hold onto that either. Learn to accept their mistakes and forgive them.

A heart is a good symbol for forgiveness

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