You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau quotes
Our current world spins so fast that we wake up each morning only to find ourselves to sleep back again, feeling tired and weary from the day’s work. In between, our day has been tiring and busy fulfilling the demands of our work. Oftentimes, we fail to enjoy and live in other areas of our life, such as time with our family, friends, or even ourselves.
This fast-moving world we live in imparts the value of hard work, discipline and efficiency. However, it fails to value balance in the four aspects of life, which are physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.
Remember, life is just temporary, and it is short. A day not lived fully is a day that was wasted.
It is crucial that we make the best of each day that is given to us. Time is one of our most important assets in life, use it wisely. Don’t forget to allot time to the most important things that truly matters in our life.
To clearly illustrate the importance of time and the present, read this short story…
Imagine there is a bank, which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day-to-day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” Therefore, never there is not enough time or too much time.
Time management is decided by us alone and nobody else. It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do it.
If you will see your time each day this way, you will be mindful of how you live each second, minute and hour you spend. You will strive to give it your best each day, for you understand that every second you use for complaining, negative thinking or idleness, you are already wasting your precious limited time.
For a final note, always keep this in mind. Better yet, print it and paste it somewhere you will often see:
Past can’t be brought back, and future will always be uncertain. The only thing certain is today.