I don’t often click on the real time posts that friends plug onto their Facebook walls, unless it’s something that I feel will add value to my life. Recently I saw this post on my timeline which made me stop typing and clicking – and made me pause, pensively:
“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? Draw out every cent?
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 whatever seconds you failed to invest in a 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 drawing against "tomorrow."
You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it in order to get the most health, happiness and success!
The clock is running! Make the most of today.
Too often, I see many people working tirelessly, like a hamster running unconsciously on a wheel – only stopping when fatigue sets in or the master intervenes. For some, this master is the moment, or an opening into spiritual awakening -- an illness, the loss of a loved one, or a challenge that rocks them to the core.
For some, the goal is to attain wealth -- big titles, paychecks and homes. However, oftentimes, it comes at a bigger cost, that no amount of money can buy -- your physical and mental health, as well as spiritual well-being.
In retirement, some people admitted that their health had deteriorated while on this hamster wheel of life and equally as tragic, missed out on special experiences with their spouses, children and friends to get to that BIG goal that they thought would make them happy. Ironically, they’re now unsuccessfully trying to use the money they’ve earned to get their health back.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t work hard, celebrate accomplishments, and buy nice things. This is all good stuff. However, it gets bad when we aren’t present and listening to our inner compass that points us to true happiness and joy. This is when we miss out on what really matters: spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature, giving back to our communities.
So use up those 86,400 seconds wisely. The next second isn’t promised to any of us.