Transcript for Best-Selling Author Mitch Albom Talks with "GMA"
Mitch albom's books haveeld 30 million copies worldwide, including the runaway best seller "tuesdays with mx orrie." He's joining us today to talk about his new book, about the passage of time, called "the timekeeper." Tell us about the prop. Only man counts time. And only man worries about time running out. That ended up being the backdrop for this magical novel. I loved reading about how you became inspired to write "the timecooper." Will you share that with us? As you get orlando, you think about how am I spending my time. Past time, lose time, kill time, waste time. There's a million expressions. We never think about how we're living. I created the story about the man who invenned one of these thengs. He fetes punished and has to live for intern toy see the reaction of everything he created. He becomes father time. He comes back in our time, when all this is going on, and he has to influence two people on earth and teach them the true meaning of time. One a teenage girl, the other, a rich old man. If he can do that, he's freed from his punishment. Was have an event that happened to you that you said, wow, maybe I am running out of time? When you're a kid, you look forward to your birthdays. When you're an adult, you start dreading them. My parents have gotten orlando. If you read "tuesdays with morrie" and "the five people you meet in heaven" there's a lot of team talking about how they're spending their time. There's a part of the book, he says, listen, there's a reason that the heavens limit your days. What could be the reason? To make each one of them precious. If we had all the time in the world, we could do anything we wanted. It's making the choices of how you have to live your life that makes you decide. Your book teaches that le lesson, so does robin roberts. She's shown us to be in the moment. That's the essence of your book. It was deeply touching. As is your work in haiti. I want to get to that. It's incredible what you have done. I operate an orphanage down there. Time moves at a whole different level. Do the days feel lslower? Totally. You're teaching the children, eegt, getting through the day and surviving. That taught me a great lesson. I wrote a lot of it going back and forth. You don't have to live with this constantly looking at your watch. What is the point of exercising and living longer if you're not doing it with quality. It's how you choose to spend youre here. The work you have done, you have changed a lot of lives. No more than a lot of other people have down there. It's a dire place. I'm blessed to be able to participate a little bit down there. You're too humble. We thank you so much. Love seeing you. Love this topic. Everybody, please check out "the timecoo timekeeper." You can read an except on our website. Great to have you here, mitch. Coming up, stale with us, choice.
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