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Important Lessons from The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Important Lessons from The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Inspired by his late Uncle Eddie, Mitch Albom has written the novel The Five People You Meet In Heaven which is focused on the life and death of Eddie, a ride mechanic who died in an amusement park accident and was sent to heaven. But what made the story more interesting are his encounters with five people who in some ways, played a significant part in his life.

The five people that Eddie met in heaven also share some important lessons that could inspire you. Here’s a summary of some of the most outstanding quotes from the five key characters of the book.

5 Lessons from The Five People You Meet in Heaven

First lesson: The Greatest Gift

"This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for."  -- The Blue Man

There are people who carry emotional baggage which causes difficulties and pain. In the book. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the Blue Man’s message to Eddie is to let go of the baggage from earthly life. Acceptance is important for him to experience eternal peace.

Second Lesson: Sacrifice

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else”  -- The Captain

Sacrifice is a heroic deed. In the Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Captain lost his life for Eddie. Although it may seem like he let go of something precious, one has to look at it on the bright side. He lost his life but he was able to save Eddie and the other soldiers. He used his life so others may continue living--a selfless act that made his existence more significant.

Third Lesson: Life & Love

“Life has to end. Love doesn’t” -- Marguerite

Even when life ends, love remains. This is a lesson that Marguerite has taught Eddie. Love is infinite. It knows no boundaries. Death is a physical separation and it doesn’t put an end to love. Love may take a different form but it remains especially by nurturing the memories of the one who passed away.

Fourth Lesson: Anger

“Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. … hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” -- Ruby

Some people bear grudges that they can’t let go of. The Five People You Meet in Heaven emphasize the importance of forgiveness. Anger will take you nowhere and will keep you from moving onwards or building new relationships. Eddie had to forgive his father first to continue with his journey no matter how miserable he felt on earth because of the memories left by his father.

Fifth Lesson: Purpose

“Children. You keep them safe.”  -- Tala

Everyone has a purpose and this is a reality that Tala made Eddie realize. As the last person that Eddie encountered in the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Tala opened his eyes to the important purpose of his life. Although he felt that he didn't accomplish anything, Tala made him realize that he served his purpose by doing his job and keeping the children at the pier safe. This is one lesson that gives a glimpse of people who tend to focus on negativity to the point of overlooking the beauty in a situation.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an original novel by Mitch Albom. Its important lessons can be eye-openers for many especially those who seek meaning in life.

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