Look at how time has flown. Just the other day it was the beginning of a New Year and now that year is almost to a close and we are concertedly getting ready to ring in yet another new year. It is exciting, shocking, mind boggling and exhilarating all at the same time.
Where did the year go and why does time just seem to fly, we must ask.
I recently heard a story and wanted to share it to emphasize the benefit of time and the tragedy of wasting it. It goes like this:
Arthur Berry was described by Time as “the slickest second-story man in the East”, truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all time. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.
Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.
A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, “I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn’t. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don’t leave out the biggest one of all… Don’t just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the King of England.
You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry”.
One terrific truth about time is that time is measurable. Everybody has their time, be it pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use that time; that is what counts in the long run. How many of us are simply robbing ourselves?
The time bank story goes like this.
“If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400 – with no balance carried from day to day – what would you do?
Just imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. However it carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do?
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME and every morning it credits us with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this we have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If we fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is ours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it.
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 realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a patient who is given a year to live.
To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the workers who have a punch clock at work.
To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Let us each start thinking of how we are spending our time and how much better it can be valued. A new year is in the horizon with endless possibilities and it is up to us all individually to make the right choices with our most valuable commodity; TIME because it waits on no one. Let us begin to treasure every moment that we have. And tell me how your week is going at [email protected]