Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Obvious answer: draw out every cent every day.
Each of us has such a bank; it’s name is TIME.
Every morning your account is credited with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost however much of today’s hours and minutes you failed to wisely invest in a worthwhile purpose. It carries over no balance, zeroing it out every night. There are no overdrafts.
Each day TIME opens a new account for you. Each night it zeroes out whatever balance remains and closes that account. If you fail to use the day’s deposit into your account, you’re the loser. There is no drawing against tomorrow’s deposit. There is no going back to justify old accounts from yesterday on back. They’ve been closed out.
One unpleasant fruit grown on technology’s vine is the idea that speeding up communication is somehow better use of TIME. In my experience, all it does is insult those next to you trying to converse or share a little of your TIME. Often we can’t even sit down to a table to eat without someone giving the clear impression that their TIME is way too valuable to spend just eating and associating with those sharing that dining experience. Intent? “I’d much rather be with whoever’s messaging me this time than here with you.”
I don’t find that to be a stellar use of my 86,400 seconds. Rather than help me focus on who I’m with, it seems instead to scatter my attention across several different people and conversations – often in entirely separate locations. Eventually that’s going to become a habit that will not enable me to seriously focus on one person and their concerns. It’s akin to trying to talk with someone whose eyes are forever looking over your shoulder toward someone else.
No. In my opinion, not a good use of TIME, nor a good habit to encourage.
You must live in the present – Today, Right Here, Right Now – on this morning’s deposit of 86,400 seconds unerringly offered by TIME.
What you do with those seconds, minutes and hours is up to you. They are yours to invest in what and in whom you choose.
Choose wisely. Make your time here count.
The clock is running. Make the most and best of today.