Ever since Mitch Albom spent his "Tuesdays with Morrie," he has become one of the world's favorite authors. Each of his short but powerful tomes delivers a rare combination of content that is both entertaining and inspirational. In his newest book "The Time Keeper," Albom once again explores one of life's most weighty concepts.
Mitch Albom Explores a World Before Time
In a recent exclusive interview, Albom described the premise of the book, "I image what the world would be like before we started counting time. And I identify the very first person on Earth to begin to count the minutes. Before him we just lived. And after him he put a stick in the ground. He measured the shadows. He started creating water clocks and the next thing you know, everybody was keeping track of time. And in my book, he becomes father time. He really is the father of it. And he's punished for doing what he did and he has to live in a cave forever, observing what he wrought."
The best-selling scribe talked about what inspired his new novel, "I probably wouldn't have written this ten years ago. But as I get older, my parents have gotten ill and I've lost a lot of loved ones in my time. You start to look at how you're spending your days and your minutes and realize it might be going fast but that doesn't mean that you're being satisfied. And I think I'm not alone in that."
Do People Know How to Make Their Hours Count?
As the world creates more and more technical advancements, Albom believes he's not the only one who struggles with the concept of time management. "Like a lot of people, for a lot of years I approached it as the more I get of it the better I am. The faster I go, the more efficient I'm going to be. And the more devices I have, the more I can get things done quickly so I can do more. And I realize that it's a bit of a rat race and all you end up doing is counting more of your hours instead of making your hours count."
But he hopes that he'll remember to take what he's learned from writing the book to heart and hopes that readers to do. "That's really the lesson of the book, 'The Time Keeper,' is it doesn't matter if you get a hundred years. You can blow all 100 of them by being selfish or doing nothing for anybody. Or you could live 15 years and have affected the world."
After writing "The Time Keeper," Albom acknowledged that he's looking at the way he whiles away his hours a little differently. But he conceded, "I would be haughty to say I employ it every single day."
For more details on "The Time Keeper" visit Mitch Albom's website.
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