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When Eddie was released from the hospital, he just wanted to forget about what happened and didn't get in touch with his fellow war veterans. The captain taught Eddie that sacrifice is a part of life and that the beauty of sacrifice is the act itself. You're just passing it on to someone else. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers._The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom_ an Audio Reading
Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair. They've never met on Earth but Ruby witnessed the last moments of Eddie's father in the hospital because her husband and Eddie's father were in the same room.
The lesson that Ruby shared is my personal favorite. It was about forgiveness.
It eats you from inside. We think that by hating someone we hurt them but hatred is a curved blade and the harm we do to others, we also do to ourselves. He was mad at his father because of the way he treated Eddie when he was a child. Eddie wanted attention and affection but his father has another way of expressing them, not the form that Eddie wanted.
The hatred he feels for his father is also making his heart feel heavier and so he was unhappy. Realizing this, Eddie allowed himself to be freed from hatred and finally forgave his father for all the hurt he caused him.
Forgiveness doesn't come easy. It should be a conscious decision to let go of the hurt and accept the person who wronged us. Although forgiveness takes time, the ability to give it is a precious gift. When we forgive others, we free ourselves from the burden brought by grudges and allow love to lead our lives.
But love takes many forms and it is never the same for any man and woman. She died of brain tumor. Eddie never completely accepted her death and even after she died, Eddie loved no other woman but her. Marguerite taught Eddie that love is eternal and even if people dear to you died, you continuously love them.
It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those sense weaken, another heightens. Memory becomes your partner. You dance with it. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind. Eddie had been consistently visited by nightmares of the burning nipa hut and the shadow that he saw inside it. When he saw Tala, his fear was confirmed; there was actually a person inside the hut and he caused her death.
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Tala told Eddie that his life was significant because of the work that he'd done as a maintenance worker at the amusement park. Eddie was surprised because it was the work that he loathed and thought of as very insignificant.
But Tala expressed that if not for Eddie, people and children could have died from the rides. Eddie, then, kept people's lives safe from danger. Albom is trying to tell us that we are all significant, no matter how lowly we think of ourselves, our jobs, or our life. For instance, Eddie made up for Tala's death by working at the amusement park.
By being the maintenance worker, Eddie had atoned for Tala's death even though he was not conscious about it.
You make good for me. We will never know. What's important is not really what he thinks of heaven, but it is the reality that his book mirrors. We are all Eddie. We go through our day-to-day lives thinking that we are not making any significant contribution to the world, that our life is such a waste, or that we wish to start our lives anew because we regret a lot of things.
In a way the Captain passed his life on to Eddie. Marguerite teaches Eddie that lost love does not end; it merely takes a different form. Eddie said he felt angry with Marguerite for leaving him so young; however he still felt in love with her after her death. It eats you from inside. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
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Ruby tells Eddie that no one is born with anger; then when we die the soul needs to free itself of it. This quote gives insight to one of the reasons why Eddie was so miserable on earth: It is important to realize the significance of this quote which was referenced earlier in the story as well.
When Eddie was in junior high he worked with his father, doing maintenance. Eddie only felt a slight sense of approval from his father after he fixed a maintenance problem and had dirty, greasy hands.
This is the only time in his life it seemed Eddie had some kind of peace with his father. And people who come before your time affect you as well. The pier caught fire one year and Emile became injured. He and Ruby moved away and sold the pier.
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Had it not been for Ruby and Emile, there would have been no pier and Eddie would have never worked there. You keep them safe. He states that he was so sad because he never felt like he did anything with his life.