Reflection: “Yesterday is a canceled check - tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely.”
A special story from Scott Stratten*…
“Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, every evening deletes what you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Use all of it, of course.
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. (Note: There are 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour period.) 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 remains 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.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today. Take responsibility for your own happiness now. Enjoy life!”
*Scott Stratten is a Motivational Speaker and,
Creator of The Time Movie
‘If I could save time in a bottle’…
The words in bold just above are the opening lyrics of a beautiful song written by Jim Croce sometime in 1973. The song was scribed for Jim’s son A.J. and expressed Jim’s deep love and desire to make life count for his little one.
Have you ever thought about time as a bank account or something you can store away? I loved the Scott Stratten yarn; it is simply written, short, sweet and provoking! My kind of story; one that results in questions!
Suppose questions were like a baby’s building blocks and could be organized form the bottom up by size. With that picture in mind, the big question of the day is, ‘What do you do with your time?’ Next would be, ‘Are you happy at the end of the day?’ With the third block one might ask, ‘Have you ever given this subject a moments thought?’ You can stack more questions later if need be!
Another way to look at the time conundrum is when you find yourself saying, ‘I don’t have enough time to get everything done’ or, ‘I need more hours added to each day!’ I say that far too often! I wonder if, in this case, I am trying to get too much bang for my buck. And, if I am, what is slipping by unnoticed in my busy-ness? Might I be frittering away my own ‘interest’ at the same time I am emptying my time/bank account? Does this sound like something you may be doing too?
Michael Creighton, famous author and television show creator has written a book called “Timeline.” In it, one of the characters, a brilliant but somewhat arrogant and slightly demented physicist theorizes that it is not time that moves, but mankind. In other words, time is static and you are in motion. Therefore, you can shorten or lengthen time as you see fit. What a great feat of science fiction to ponder!
According to this theory, when you feel as though you are spinning your wheels; when frustration at lack of accomplishment is rearing its ugly head; or, your stress levels are rising due to the constraint of time slipping away too quickly, you have the power to remedy that. And now another building block - the ‘How?’ block. How do you cause time to slow down; what does it take to stretch a minute or an hour? Here’s another question block – is time linear?
Thinking of time as linear may be akin to the thinking of the past when mankind thought the earth was flat. If you walked in a straight line far enough, you would come to the end and fall off the earth. Science and explorers proved that the world is round and one could keep going in circles if one chose. What if time is actually like that? Might the space of time be like a balloon that would expand and stretch as little bits were added to it? Imagine the possibilities!
There are 24 hours in a day, and so far, it has yet to be proven otherwise. With this fact, the next building block would register the question, ‘how do we make every moment count?’ Why not pause here to examine your day carefully; are there frittered away moments floating about in your hectic and consuming rituals?
If these moments were recognized and excised, how would that alter your day and the need for more time? Would it allow you to create moments of peace and appreciation, or, would you simply fill the slot with more busy-ness? And, which of the two choices would contribute the most to your health and well-being? Only you can answer that.
New Ideas, Bright Ideas…
The idea is to be cognizant of the gift of time you already have; to be aware of the bank account you are presented with each day and make the most of all of your blessings. No one other than yourself has the expertise or responsibility to govern your time with the precision and love needed to earn the most interest on this bank account provided for you; an account that can also be titled life.
Make the best of what to do with the time you have been given by choosing with just the right blend of heart and mind and by being open to all the wonders and joys laid out before you. And if I discover the gift of expanding time, I promise to share the joy!