The Value of Time
As we come to the end of another year, I’m reminded of the value of time. It’s often underappreciated, treated as a commodity and taken for granted. In fact, time is something we rarely consider… until we find ourselves in need of more. Yet, we’re only given 24 hours each day. We can’t draw on tomorrow, because tomorrow is not promised, and no one can live those 86,400 seconds for us.
As you embark upon another year and consider new ways of thinking, doing and being, I’d like to share parts of an article that I recently read. I’m uncertain of its origin, but it nicely sums up my perspective. There’s no need for elaboration, as the piece speaks for itself.
A New Beginning
Imagine 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 any balance that you failed to use during the day.
Each of us has such a bank, and its name is TIME. Each morning, it credits us 86,400 seconds. Each night, it writes off as lost whatever we have failed to invest in a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day, it opens a new account for us. Each night, it burns the remains of the day. When we fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is ours. There is no drawing against tomorrow, so we must make the most of today.
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given 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 the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask the person who has avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics.
By losing time, we lose everything. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, so let’s be grateful for the PRESENT. Best wishes to you and yours for a warm, safe and glorious 2013!
Until Next Time,