The Time that is Given Us

Suspended Time  by jlopez

Suspended Time  photo by jlopez

“Time flies like an arrow;
fruit flies like a banana.”
Anthony G. Oettinger

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf,
“and so do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tokien,
The Fellowship of the Ring

In honor of Daylight Savings Time (which is tonight, so turn your clocks ahead), I came across a scenario I felt was good enough to share with you.  It went something like this:

Imagine there is a bank that credits your personal account each morning with $86,400.
Trick is – this account does not carry a balance into the next day – meaning, every evening the bank deletes any unused portion you failed to use during the day.

What would you do?  Draw out every cent, right?

Well, each of us has, in reality, such a bank account – it is Time.  Every morning, the universe credits you 86,400 seconds.  Within the next 24 hours, you spend time, invest it, save it.  You take it, give it, or squander it and waste it.  You have time-outs, time lapses, or watch the minutes pass away. You measure, schedule, count, and hopefully value every second.

Because, every night the “bank” writes off whatever you failed to invest to a good purpose. That’s right. There is no balance that carries over.  No overdraft.  Whatever was not invested or ventured is gone.  Defunct.  Expired.  Extinct.

But, not all is lost.  Each day a new account opens in your favor.  The good news is: you have another chance to become a savvy investor.  The bad news: come night, the remains of the day dissipate.  If you’re not careful – if you fail to use the day’s capital, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against tomorrow.

Live in the present on today’s installment.  Invest it, give it, share it, treasure it, but most of all – make the most of it.  The clock is running.  Make today count.

“Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.  Let us begin.”
Mother Teresa



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