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Morrie Schwartz, a former professor at Brandeis University, died from ALS in 1995, but has been preserved in the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Choosing not to live his final months in fear, Morrie meditated on life and spread his ideas in the form of short aphorisms. Among his many aphorisms, my favorite is, “Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it.” Experiences, negative or positive, are the way people grow and learn to become better individuals. Oftentimes, people undergo adverse situations and dwell on them for years to come. Learning to live with what happened and moving on is very important for these ones. However, it is just as essential not to “discard” or forget the event without learning from the mistakes made. As Morrie often said, one needs to find a balance between these two.

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