Have you ever wondered how your life in heaven is like? Some may immediately think of a paradise where all wishes come true. Some may imagine a peaceful life with only serenity. With the discrepancy in different religions and life experience, everyone might have a different interpretation of heaven. In the book The Five People You Meet In Heaven, by Mitch Albom, I have learnt a unique concept of heaven.
The story began with a desperate ending. Eddie was a maintenance working in the Ruby Pier. On his 83rd birthday, he faced a tragic accident. He was trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. But finally, it took his life and passed away. In his final moment, he felt two small hands in his palm. He woke up in the afterlife and realized that there were no angels flying around or beautiful flowers blooming in heaven. Instead, five people were waiting to explain his earthly life to him. These people might be his loved ones or just distant strangers. Yet each of them had made a significant impact on his life.
If Eddie has moved in next door, I believe my life would undoubtedly become more fruitful and meaningful. When I had time, I could find Eddie and listen to his story in heaven. When he told me his story between the blue man and him, he inspired me that everything happened for a particular reason and would lead to a subsequent consequence. “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.” said the blue man. I used to think I accomplished nothing and? I had never thought about the relations between separate events ?and how much my action affects others. He made me think carefully before making every single action. This could prevent unpleasant situations from happening.
When he told me his story between the captain and him, I learned that sacrifice is a part of life. The captain sacrifices his life to save his troop. Nothing is perfect in the world, we all need to choose and sacrifice. Sometimes, I think it is hard to sacrifice. It seems that I am losing something, but they all make an impact on other people live.
When he told me his story between Marguerite and him, I learned that love is more powerful than death. Eddie and Marguerite live without each other for many years as Marguerite died of brain tumor. But then both of them reunited in heaven. His story showed that life has an end but love doesn’t, even from afar, memory is the best partner. I needed to treasure every one I met in my life and cherish the time I spend with them.
If Eddie became my neighbor, he could encourage me to stay positive in my life Eddie used to think he was unimportant and found his life was meaningless. He was tired of the monotonous lifestyle in Ruby Pier and hated the unmotivated self. Through meeting these five important ones, understanding his life on earth, he realized the true meaning of life.
I used to wonder if the world remains the same without me and felt lost in my life. He makes me know that life is really amazing. Everyone has their own role. Our importance is not determined by our social status or our success.
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