Time is such a strange thing – maybe even an illusion according to some. I do know everyone these days is complaining they don’t have enough of it. I don’t remember my parents or grandparents having the same complaint.
So what are we modern day folks so busy doing that we never have enough time? And are we being really smart about how we use this commodity that’s so precious and in such short supply? I suspect we aren’t. I know I’m not.
I came across something in a file today, and I thought I would share it with you. I have no idea who the author is. Good old Anonymous I suppose. A prolific writer for sure.
This time he’s written something that might be a tad hokey for our modern day sophistication. But the message is an important one, and we have a tendency to forget it. That can be nothing short of disastrous sometimes.
“Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent of course!
“Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
“Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.
“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 hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
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.
“Treasure every moment that you have.
Remember that time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
How are you using your precious gift of time?