The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet In Heaven follows the story of an elderly man named Eddie who works as a maintenance worker in an amusement park. He is tragically killed while saving a child from a falling cart and is sent to heaven, where he meets five different people whom he’d met in his life, to help him make sense of it. Through this book, Albom attempts to answer the age-old question: what exactly is the meaning of life?
Everyone Is Connected
Albom explains that every person we meet in our lives leaves an imprint on us and vice versa, whether we realise it or not, and nothing that happens is random. We are taught that we have to make sacrifices, but we end up gaining something in return. On a more comforting level, Albom touches on the notion that love is able to transcend many boundaries, even death.
Forgiveness Is A Form Of Bravery
Perhaps the toughest personal lesson from the book is that anger, hatred, and resentment can prove toxic to both our physical and mental well-beings if we let them fester inside us for too long. Albom assures us that forgiveness, whether to others or to ourselves, isn’t always easy, but it’s the first step in allowing us to accept things the way they may be, let go, and move forward.
“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did
and why you no longer need to feel it.”
Eddie later admits that he was unhappy on Earth because he felt like he had never accomplished anything in life, when in actual fact, he was exactly where he was meant to be. Life is strange like that – we may not want something to happen at a particular point in time, but in the future, we realise that it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.
Some Things Are Beyond Our Control
The story in this book is simple enough but it’s the themes mentioned that had a profound impact. Many questions are unanswered, but not everything has an explanation, and it’s okay. That could be the most important lesson of all: some things can’t be managed, and all we can do is take life one step at a time.
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