“Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your account for your use. However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.
The first set of rules would be: Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you. You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend the money. Each morning, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
The second set of rules: The bank can end the game without warning! It can close the account 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 people you love, right? Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself. You would try to spend every cent, and use it all.
Actually, this game is reality! Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can’t seem to see it. The magical bank is time! Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us. What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but it can dissolve at any time, and without warning! So, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about that, and always think of this:
Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think. Take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply, and enjoy life!”
Maybe you’ve seen this already as a blog post, or watched the videos on YouTube, and yes, there are videos. This came to me as an e-mail from my Mom. She gets a lot of forwarded e-mail from friends and distant family who seemingly consider forwarded messages communication of a sort. While Mom is better at NOT forwarding these messages to us kids, she still does from time to time. The above was one such message which I only just happened to open because I usually steer clear of Forwarded messages, especially the ones that say if you don’t send this on to at least 12 of your contacts your face will fall off…or something like that.
This one though, struck a cord. And, I can’t help but wonder if my Mom was sending us a message…a communication about our use of time, and lack of attention?! Was it a message to make us all think about what we call busy lives? Hmmm.
Anyway, as one who crams a lot of stuff into my day, some of it clearly isn’t quality stuff. This I know, especially after spending two weeks caring for my Mom following her surgery last October. Time spent caring for her made everything else I called worthwhile, seem small, even silly. Really, I’m thinking about time differently these days. I’m thinking about how fleeting, fragile, and what a gift each second really is!
So, the question I ask myself every day now is, am I spending my 86,400 in the best possible way? How are you doing? Where can you spend differently or improve the quality?