Time is an amusing concept. The more you care about it, the more it flees you, the more you wait for it, the longer it feels and the more you race against it, the more you lose.
Time doesn’t pause for anyone and it doesn’t really care about your plans or your dreams or even if you have to be in a particular place at a particular hour. Time just ticks and goes by, unfazed by the millions of people rushing to meet someone they love, running to catch a flight or those who are waiting for a miracle, waiting for a promotion, waiting for a lover to come back or just waiting for their time to excel.
And no matter how much pride you take in your material possessions, ultimately it is time that is the most valuable thing a person can spend.
We spend a lot of time doing nothing and wasting away just sitting in front of the television or scrolling our Instagram feed endlessly, yet we complain that we never have enough time when it comes to doing something serious.
Growing up, you all must have heard this beautiful analogy about time at least once in your life. Let me recite it for you. Imagine there is a bank. Every morning it deposits $86,400 into your account. And it happens each day, over and over again, without fail. The only catch, according to this idea, is that you cannot save that particular amount until the next day. It credits your account each morning with $86,400 and you can use this amount during the day. What will you spend it on?
Will you watch more TV or step out to meet your friends and family? Will you start learning a new skill? Learn to play that instrument you have always wanted to? Will you be selfless and help others or spend it all partying the night away? Will you buy more and more things for yourself or help the needy? Will you finally take that long due vacation? Or will you just let the opportunity slide by?
How you choose to spend your wealth is entirely up to you, but here are a few suggestions:
- Plan effectively in advance to create what you want and need. Set your own goals.
- If you want to laze around and just rest, make sure that is what you really want and not just something that happens by chance.
- Take great care of yourself. exercise, eat healthily, meditate, practice yoga and above all, have lots of fun!
- Spend more time with people who lift your spirit and make you happy.
- When you have meetings at work that seem pointless, see if you can make them more effective or more meaningful.
- If you are in a job that doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy—a job that doesn’t sing to you, that isn’t your dream job—don’t adjust with it. Take steps to get closer to your dream and take them now!
- In the meantime, focus on how you can positively affect co-workers, clients, and the people you meet. Make it a point to add value to the lives of those around you.
- Find magic in your surroundings, in your heart.
- Let go of your past. Forget and forgive.
- Face your fears and take steps to conquer them. Don’t let anything bring you down.
- Stop stressing or trying to be perfect all the time.
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 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 a person who just missed a train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.