One of our friends has a daughter named Angela who attended a school known for producing high achievers. The school received a gold rating from US News and World Report recognizing it as one of the best high schools in the nation. Angela said that one day she was sitting behind a girl at school who had a 4.0 GPA and was ranked number two in her class at the prestigious school. The girl had received numerous awards and was also a dancer, musician and involved in multiple extra curricular activities. Right before class started the girl turned around and said: “Angela, isn’t it interesting that every single person in the world has the same exact amount of time in a day.” That is all that was said and yet the message is profound.
How interesting that every person who lives on the earth is given a gift consisting of exactly 1,440 minutes every single day. No one who lives is given more and no one is given less. We are free to spend those minutes for the most part how we choose but we can’t save them and every minute that is wasted is gone forever. As Benjamin Franklin said: “Lost time is never found again.” We can use our time to improve ourselves and help others or we can waste our time on earth pursuing activities that are not meaningful or even harmful. The choice is ours to make.
Throughout the 20th century, Thomas A. Edison found time to become the world's most prolific inventor. His final total was 1,093 U.S. patents. Isn’t it interesting that we have exactly the same amount of time as he did? Alice Bloch made this thought provoking statement: “We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.” How do we waste ourselves? One way is in the time we as American spend with media.
How do your spend your time?
Every person who lives on the earth today is given a gift of exactly 24 hours every day.
Once time is gone it is gone forever and can never be recovered.
Time stays long enough for anyone who is willing to use it.
What may be done at anytime is often done at no time.
Time is usually what we want the most but often what we use the worst.
Spend this week closely examining how you use your time and try to eliminate those hours and minutes that are wasted in useless pursuits.