Time Passages

January 1st, 2007
by George S. Crimmin

[private] v5-1-Speaking OutLet me ask you a question, what would you do if at the start of every new day, someone deposited $86,400 in your bank account with a catch; you can’t save it, lend it, give it away, borrow against it, or carry it over to the following day. So? What would you do? I would spend every penny on that day. Well, I’m not really talking about money; I’m speaking about something much more precious. It is said that time is more valuable than gold, because it is irreplaceable. There are 86,400 seconds in every new day, what we choose to do with them is entirely up to each of us. Let me explain by providing some illustrations.

If you want to really appreciate the value of one year, ask a student who just failed one. If you want to appreciate the value of one month, ask a mother who just gave birth to a baby one month pre-mature. If you want to get a better understanding of the value of one week, talk to the editor of a weekly magazine. If you would like to get a better comprehension of the value of one day, talk to the unfortunate individual who lost his or her home by being one day late with the mortgage payment. What about one hour, let’s talk to those lovers that are waiting to meet. To appreciate the value of one minute, let’s interview the person who missed an important flight or appointment by arriving one minute too late. If you want to understand the importance of a second, check with the guy who avoided a serious accident by one second. And if you want to appreciate the value of one millisecond, then talk to the winner of the Olympic gold medal in the 100 meter dash, who won by being one millisecond faster than the next guy.

Time is of the essence, and every second counts, even a millisecond. It is our most precious commodity. The greatest possession we have is the 24 hours (86,400 seconds) directly in front of us. As this year winds down and we contemplate a new one, let us resolve to put every second to the best use possible. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present. Remember, what counts is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put in the hours. The best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today. [/private]

Have a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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