Its a book by Mitch Albom (spelling??) and now also a movie. I must say the movie is not as good as the book, are they ever, but it was darn good.
The story is about an overworked sports writer (mitch) who never takes any down time always go go go. One day he finds out is favorite college professor (morrie) is dying. He has not seen nor talked to his professor in 16 yrs, even though he promised to keep in touch. Don't we all... but upon hearing the news he decides to hop a plane from Detroit to Boston to see Morrie. The interaction between these two in the book is so much more in depth... but one line in the movie that struck me, that Morrie said.... sometimes we have to be told we are dying to figure out how to live....WHY is that?
How often do you find yourself at the funeral of a friend or loved one and you hear everyone saying how they haven't seen nor heard from so and so in forever? Why do we get so fucking wrapped up in ourselves we don't take the time to call or write a friend? And believe me I am just as guilty as the next guy...I've really got to work on that.
Other issues Morrie taught Mitch is how to be comfortable with silence. Morrie's take on conversation was that a lot of it is meaningless because two people in a room are uncomfortable with silence so they fill the air with meaningless dribble. He taught Mitch to be ok with his feelings, to be ok with touch, and that talking about dying wasn't wrong, it was part of life....
Anyhow its a great read and a decent movie... truly gave me some things to think about.