I ran across this in my cleaning frenzy and thought you might enjoy it. I’d forgotten all about it until I found it. I don’t know the author, it was in a trade newsletter from work. It’s posted on my fridge now.
SPEND YOUR TIME LIKE YOUR MONEY.
Imagine that there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400, but carries over no balance from day to day.
Every evening, this imaginary bank deletes whatever part of the balance you have failed to utilize during that day.
What would you do?
Draw out every cent, of course.
But each of us has such a bank.
It’s 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 that remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back.
No drawing against “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present, on today’s deposits.
Invest it so as to get the utmost in health, happiness and success.
The clock is running.
Make the most of your day.
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a pre-mature child.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask the person who missed a train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.
Treasure every moment you have. Treasure it even more if you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.
And remember, time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.