The Value of Time – Life is Short

 There are some pretty fabulous quotes about the virtues of time.

Time heals many wounds.

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.

There is never enough time to do everything but there is always enough time to do the most important thing-Brian Tracy.

Time is free but it is priceless. You can’t own it but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back – Harvey Mackay.

Time is very slow for those who wait. Very fast for those who are scared. Very long for those who lament. Very short for those who celebrate. But for those who love time is eternal. -William Shakespeare.

The way we spend our time defines who we are -Jonathan Estrin.

 

Now I’m going to propose to you a hypothetical situation…a scenario that most people have not considered before.

Let’s begin by imagining that there’s a bank that credits your account every morning with $86,400. That would be fantastic right?  Only problem is that it carries over no balance; instead every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use. So what would you do? Draw it all out, of course! (At least that would be my plan).

Now what if I was to tell you that each of us actually has such a bank? Its name is TIME and every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. You can do whatever you like with this time and then each night it writes off whatever remaining amount you have failed to use for good purpose.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. It carries over no balance and allows no overdraft.

That’s unfortunately the biggest problem with time – unfortunately there’s no going back to claim the seconds you missed and you don’t have the opportunity to draw against “tomorrow” either. You must live only in the present on today’s deposits.

So invest it wisely and make sure you use it in such a way that you get the maximum benefit in terms of health, happiness, and success. You may have heard a similar analogy before but you need to understand that this isn’t just a hypothetical situation. The clock is ticking, whether you like it or not, so make sure to make the most of your time today.

If you still think time time is fleeting I want you to consider the following scenarios:

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a terminally ill patient.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the children eagerly awaiting an airplane.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

So treasure every moment that you have. Remember time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

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