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"Why Time Is Valuable"

Posted by Paurong sa Linggo, Hunyo 11, 2006

written last May 17, 2006

During the past vacation, what have you done inside your house beside from doing household chores, watching TV, listening to the radio, and chatting with your pals through phone lines and internet? Have you lain yourself on bed or sofa doing nothing at all (or perhaps, just staring at the ceiling and wishing your special someone is beside you) or just standing by on a chair, twirling your hair, being idle for what seemed like forever? Let us admit this: there came a time in our lives in which we weren’t pleased about time. In other words, we often waste time, don’t we?

Long before the invention of the clock that displaces time, commonly have hands and numbers and sometimes digital, the Chinese amplified an exceptional way of ascertaining the hour of the day. A small rope was tied in knots evenly spaced and then set on fire. It took the equivalent of 60 minutes for the cord to blaze from one knot to another. Each morning, a new “string of the hours” would be infixed into the holder. As the people viewed the burnt remains of yesterday’s rope, they were prodded that “time past is ashes” and can never be retrieved.

Those who are killing time are really killing their own chances in life. Thus, they are the ineffective, the directionless, good-for-nothing, and ne’er-do-well people of today. While, on the other hand, those who live time and make it useful and productive are truly those who are destined to become successful in our everyday life.

To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed his exam; to realize the value of one month, ask a suffering mother who has given birth to a pre-mature baby. To be grateful for the worth of one week, ask an editor of a weekly magazine; to be grateful for the worth of one day, ask a daily wage laborer who has ten kids to feed. To understand the account of one hour, ask the lover who are waiting to meet; to understand the account of one minute, ask a person who has missed the MRT. To know the benefit of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident; to know the benefit of one milli-second, ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.

We must live in the present with goals. Always put into mind that time spent well is fruitful and that time neglected once gone can never be gotten back. The clock is ticking. Make the most of today.

The psalmist in the Bible prays: “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). Well… he’s right!


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