Don't waste time

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The lazy days of summer are winding down and families everywhere are trying to cram in as many last minute activities as possible. It's a busy time and there's usually a lot to do before the start of another school year. With the busy schedules, it can become easy to miss what's really important.

This week, I am rerunning a message that was sent to me several years ago, which I have used in the newspaper before. It's got such a great message and I felt like it was worth sharing for a second time. The message makes us focus on the priceless, precious and invaluable commodity we call time and reminds us to slow down and make every minute of every day count.

"There is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out all of it, 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. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours."

"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 family member waiting for their loved one to get out of surgery."

"To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed a train."

"To realize the value of one second, ask a person who just avoided an accident."

"To realize the value of a one millisecond, ask the person who won a gold medal in the Olympics."

The days we have on this earth are numbered and so we are called to cherish each one before it passes away. To quote a plaque that sits on my desk: "Yesterday is but a dream. Tomorrow, a vision of hope. Look to this day, for it is life."