“Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely.”
– Kay Lyons
Point to Ponder:
Do you see your time each day as valuable?
Make every second of your day count by filling it with all things life-giving and worthwhile.
I assume that daily you come into contact with the same brain, posture and time sucking machine as I do. If you don’t encounter this phenomenon, I’d like to talk to you and know how in the world you keep the internet and your email from literally gluing your rear-end to the chair and making you feel like you need EVERYTHING that’s new or on sale at every store in town!
Emails and the internet can certainly be overwhelming, however more often than not I am extremely thankful, as they serve as incredible devices and have made the communication process convenient and infinite. Furthermore, every other week or so I’ll get an email that strikes me as “forward-worthy” and last week a friend sent me an email of this caliber. I enjoyed the email so much that I feel it necessary for everyone to read, so here you go:
Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private bank account for your own use. However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.
The first set of rules would be:
- Everything you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
- You may not transfer money into another account. You may only spend it.
- Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,000 for that day.
The second set of rules:
- The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “This game is over!”
- The bank can close the account in an instant and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do? You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all of the people in your life, right? Maybe even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself and the people in your life, right? You would try to spend every single cent, and use it all up every day, right?
Actually, this game is a reality, but not with money!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just don’t seem to see it.
The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!
Each morning we awaken and receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when the day is done, any remaining time is gone and NOT credited to us. What we haven’t lived up to that day is lost forever. Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the magical bank can dissolve our account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Think about that, and always think of this: Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than we think. Take good care of yourself, and enjoy life. Live each day to the fullest, be kind to one another, and be forgiving. Harbor a positive attitude and always be the first to smile.
Honestly, I really can’t think of a better way to start the week than to be reminded that the time we’ve been gifted is precious, unrepeatable and not guaranteed and if we view the time as money we’d wake up eager and happy to spend it in all kinds of fun and wonderful ways. SO, let’s do it! As soon as you read this email start by spending every ounce of our 86,400 seconds with all things worthwhile and life-giving such as: smiles, fun, family, friendships, laughter, love, light-heartedness, freedom, health, prayer, travel, forgiveness, words of encouragement, acceptance, new beginnings, hugs, kisses, an open mind, empathy, joy, a giving heart, adventures, new experience, and taking action on your dreams and goals. Of course you can spend your 86,400 seconds on anything you desire, though I urge you to not waste your invaluable time on fear, doubt, complaints, excuses, regret, what if’s, whys, worry, apathy, resistance, negative people and procrastination- these are time and life suckers.