How many of you have really thought about the importance that being grateful plays in your life? I recently interviewed Walter Green the author of a new book entitled ” This Is The Moment-How One Man’s Yearlong Journey Captured the Power of Extraordinary Gratitude“, and was throughly impressed at the lengths Walter took to express his gratitude to 44 of the most influential people in his life.
In my interview with Walter we discussed the impact this experience had on his life. He wanted to tell these men and women how much they mattered to him before anyone’s health or life was compromised and the opportunity was missed. Walter mentions that you might think of his life as as rags to riches story, but that it is anything but that. He realized that significant contributions to his learning and success these 44 individuals played .
As Joseph Campbell articulates in his book “The Hero’s Journey” we go on the departure, then have the initiation and ultimately the return. I think in the case Walter departed on his own spiritual journey and through the beauty of gratitude was able to experience the freedom upon his return as a result of his profound gratitude.
Walter experienced mastery which leads to the freedom from the fear of death. You see, Walters father died he was a very young age, and his death made a significant impact on the journey that he embarked upon to recognize and express his gratitude to the people that had a deep heartfelt role in the molding of his life.
As Walter states in ” This Is The Moment“, ” Their pieces of input allowed me a unique opportunity to answer the question; ” Who am I?” What an empowering gift! . I never set out with an agenda of learning about myself; doing so was parenthetical and incidental, but not inconsequential. Not only that it started me thinking about my personal legacy. We all have a perception of ourselves, and everything we do is consistant with that vision—our integrity, our energy, or performance, our giving to others. This leads us to keep an internal scorecard and wonder how we’re doing. Am I doing the right things? Am I doing enough?
But the scorecard get buried with us. When we’re gone, only the perceptions other have of us live on.” If you have at ever thought about expressing your gratitude to someone one you love or who has made an impact on your life, what is stopping you? Go do it!
Walter’s experience and the stories he tells in “This Is The Moment” will certainly move you to want to express your gratitude. I encourage you to read this book and also share your stories of gratitude with Walter by visiting his website by clicking here. You will also want to watch a video by clicking here about the book.
Enjoy this great interview with author Walter Green.