Time is more valuable than all the gold in the world. In fact, it is more valuable than all the riches of earth combined. And that is simply because out time is not infinite. Our time on earth has a definite beginning, and a definite end. Yet, while the end of our time is definite, the timing of it is not. Somehow we have been handed an account at our birth that contains the full amount of time we have to spend, yet it remains elusively invisible. It is for this reason that money (or all the riches in the world) simply cannot buy time!
Rather, we should “buy out” our time, meaning, that we should make every moment of every day count. While it is a cliché, the colloquial saying rings true: Live every moment as if it is your last.
James Clear wrote, “People who spend their time doing more profitable work make more money. People who spend their time investing in others build better relationships. People who spend their time creating a flexible career enjoy more freedom. People who spend their time working on high-impact projects contribute more to society. Whether you want more wealth, more friendship, more freedom, or more impact, it all comes down to how you spend your time.” (The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth?)
Of all the things in our life, the most important one to give an account of is our time. What do we spend our time on? How do we spend that time? How well and wisely are we investing our effort, energy and time to ensure a decent ROI?
I was struck by the picture of an abandoned building in the middle of a cemetery. It could have been an office, chapel, a simple utility room or even the groundkeeper’s house. In days gone by I am sure it was well maintained and its walls have their own stories to tell of what transpired there. Yet today it is abandoned, and nestles wistfully among graves, many of which have clearly also been forgotten.