We seem to vacillate between complaining that there is not enough time (as we rush to complete our projects) and that there is too much time (as we anxiously wait for the plane to arrive). Most of us mourn the lack of hours in a day as we try to do all that we require of ourselves.
We are given the gift of time (86,400 seconds per day) that must be used each day, or it is lost forever. We are bombarded with information about the importance of time. We attend time management seminars, read books and articles on time-saving techniques, and still we do not seem to have “enough” time.
How much emphasis do we place on time? Look around your environment. Everywhere you will find reminders… How many watches or clocks do you have in your home? Do you feel anxious if you leave your watch at home when going to work? Do you lose track of time and panic?
How much is your time worth? What kind of value do we place on time? Does the value that you place on time vary according to the events in your life?
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask the student who has failed his class.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask the mother who has given 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 DAY, ask the daily wage laborer who has ten kids to feed.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet again.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask the person who has just missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask the person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of MILLI-SECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
It is about time… time that we take control of our time rather than letting it control us. There is enough time to do all that we must do.
The decisions we make about how to spend each moment of our gift of 24 hours control how much time we have “available” for our important endeavors.
Affirmation for the Week:
I am the timekeeper in my life. I respect what each second, minute, hour, day and year offers me. I see time as a helpmate, not an enemy. I value time and use it wisely and consciously.
Have a time-valued week!
Mary “Movtivator” Rau-Foster