July 16, 2008.
"Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows."
Pope Paul VI
If you asked a hundred people to name their most valuable asset, you would surely get a wide variety of responses. Some would name their home as their most prized possession, while others might mention their car. A few more would argue that cash in the bank should be put at the top the list. Stock portfolios, real estate investments, retirement plans and the like would undoubtedly also make the grade.
And while each of these assets is valuable in its own right, not one can lay claim as our most priceless possession. That's right, not even one of these assets is our most precious commodity. As a matter of fact, they're not even close.
It's not money? No, you can replace the money. It's not your car? Nope, cars are a dime a dozen. It's not stocks, bonds and other investments either? No way. These assets can be replaced as well. In fact, you can replace just about everything under the sun except one thing. Try as you might, you can never replace time. Not one hour, one minute, one second. Once it's gone, it's gone for good.
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent."
If we collectively abuse and misuse any one asset, it is our time. And we beat it up quite nicely, thank you very much. We find all sorts of ways to waste our time and then promptly complain about how there never seem to be enough time in the day. We constantly discover new ways to squander and fritter away days and weeks at a time, then grumble about how the years have flown by. Sadly, we rarely if ever realize just how much time we allow to slip right through our fingertips.
It just keeps slipping, slipping, slipping away until our numbered days are gone.
Instead of spending much of our time doing little or nothing, making scant headway towards the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams, we need to learn how to INVEST our time. And invest it wisely. Rather than allowing one more day to slowly fade from sight, we need to start living life with passion and purpose, making the most of every moment.
"Now is the only time there is. Make your now wow, your minutes miracles, and your days pay."
Mark Victor Hansen
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, Nothing is worth more than this day.He also stated, Every second is of infinite value.He was reminding us all that every single second of every single hour of every single day should be lived to the hilt; that we have a sacred responsibility to make the most of our limited time here on earth. And that means squeezing every ounce of living from the moment at hand; squeezing good and hard. And then squeezing and squeezing some more.
Each minute is here but for sixty incomparable seconds. Here... and then gone. Each hour, each day, each week and each month can only be tasted but once. This fleeting aspect of time is precisely what makes time so invaluable, so irreplaceable, and so irresistible. It's time to savor the flavor of living life in the manner it was meant to be lived - with all the fervor and fire you can muster!
"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake."
Marie B. Ray
Lost time is never found again. But it's not just the time that is lost. It is also all of the great times that were never enjoyed, all the fabulous moments that were never experienced, and all of the incredible opportunities that were never explored. By wasting time, we allow the lives we could have and should have lived to go by the wayside.
So why risk losing even one more priceless second? By persistently making every moment count - and count for something truly special - lost time will become a thing of the past. By fully embracing life with a forceful zeal that cannot be denied, your minutes, hours and days take on heightened meaning, becoming unforgettable moments you can cherish forever.
And that's time well invested indeed.
The Bottom Line: It's about time that you started making your time really count.
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