I recently read an article titled “Old Friends and Mentors” by Wally Amos. You likely remember Wally Amos for his “Famous Amos Cookies” and more recently Uncle Wally’s Muffin Company.
The theme of his column was to remember those who have mentored and influenced us.
He shared the importance of the role and impact of his first mentor and another of a boss early in his career who became a surrogate father to him. He talks about his surrogate father and how he died before he had a chance to express his gratitude toward him. It was necessary for him to visit his surrogate’s widow so Wally could get closure by seeing the bed from which he had sent his last letter to Amos.
How bittersweet. He was grateful for the memories of the power and influence of these people, but likely felt regret for all that was left unsaid to these road-changers.
In my book, This Is The Moment, I share the joy and gratification that I experienced when I took my own personal journey to express my deep gratitude to those who have had an important influence in my life. I also provide a road map for the reader to both experience this joy as well as eliminate any future regrets for things that might have been left unsaid.
Wally, thanks for those great cookies and for reminding us to acknowledge those who were great influencers in our lives. Respectfully, when it comes to gratitude, let us all remember that it is not “perfectly baked” until we express to these people our deep and explicit appreciation for all that they have done for us.