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TIME: How and Why Should We value the Essence of Time?

Updated on August 12, 2012

The Sands of Time

As the sands of time seem to be greater on the bottom half of my hourglass than on the top, I have had an increased interest in TIME and how I spend it.  There is a finite number of sunrises available to each of us and I don't wish to miss very many of mine.

Sunrise is that magical portion of our day when most dreams are still possible and the illusion of "enough" time to achieve them still exists.

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back." - Harvey Mackay

Time is the Coin of Your Life

I have already become the early riser (daughter with a 7:00 am orchestra practice start) and I am the designated caffeine re-fueler/lunch packer in this home.

I am pretty much always (is that self-canceling?) already up at Sunrise, but have not given it the attention it deserves and the meaning it contains in each of our lives.

Sunrise is a daily opportunity to commit to a "New Day's Resolution" - with is 365 times more effective than just on Jan. 1 each year.

Wikipedia: Time is a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects. Time has been a major subject of religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a non-controversial manner applicable to all fields of study has consistently eluded the greatest scholars.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” - Carl Sandburg

Time is of the Essence

They say that it is hard to form good habits but much easier to break them. When I was in sports in high school and college, it was the same for getting in shape physically. The shape I was in after three weeks of solid effort could be lost in three days of not maintaining the regimen. The same holds true for habits good for your mental being. Watching the miracle of yet another day unfolding before you compels you to consider the endless possibilities available to you. Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. Practice it daily. Get stronger every day. Build the habit of having the kind of day that leaves you smiling and satisfied with the results. No regrets.

"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." - Jim Rohn


In the legal profession "time is of the essence" is a phrase often used in legally binding contracts In effect, this says: the specified time and dates in this agreement are vital and mandatory, and " we mean it."

Any delay, reasonable or not, will be grounds for canceling the agreement.

There also is a saying that infers that "Your time is a gift from God. What you decide to do with your time is your gift back to God."

Rarely would we start on an important journey without mapping it out in advance to make sure we didn't miss a turn anywhere along the way. My analogy with each Sunrise is like the "map light" being switched on in your car so you can more clearly recheck today's destination and your purpose.

"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24 hour days." - Zig Ziglar

Live Like There is no Tomorrow, Plan for a Thousand More

Time is that illusive element that seems to drag by when it is least desired and speeds downhill like a fire engine out of control when we most want it to slow down.

It is a common complaint that we don't get enough time to do all that we wanted to do today, this week, this month, this year, and this life. Every being receives 24 hours every day, to accomplish, enjoy, fritter, ignore, waste, ignore, prepare, or appreciate the time we receive.

The daily challenge is to live like there is no tomorrow, plan for a thousand more tomorrows, take responsibility for the requirements of life (family, work, school, eating, sleeping, and money) and produce a fulfilled day with no regrets.

"What very mysterious things days were. Sometimes they fly by, and other times they seem to last forever, yet they are all exactly twenty-four hours. There's quite a lot we don't know about them. ~ Melanie Benjamin

Starting NOW, what do choose to do with your time?



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    • rwelton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks - I am inspired to hear you choose to appreciate the positive side of a painful loss. I think that focusing on the flower rather than the thorn...helps us heal. Thanks -


    • LaurieDawn profile image


      7 years ago

      How true it is that we waste time, and your hub was so inspiring about the value of time we have, and how to utilize it to the fullest extent. Pooh sent me to find you on here, and I have to say I am glad I have. We take so many things for granted in our lives, and time is one that we think we will always have more of. I lost my husband in May, after only having him a while, when I thought there would be all the time in the world to do the things we wanted, but in the end, I am glad I had the time I did with him.

      Blessings and voted up for a great hub!



    • rwelton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento CA


      Thanks-also wishing you an exciting 1-1-11. Use your time wisely!



    • bettybarnesb profile image


      7 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Hey rwelton: What a beautiful hub and so very true. Once time is gone, we can't get it back. Wishing you and your family prosperity, peace and health for 2011. Happy New Year!

    • rwelton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks Katiem2 - Those moments before and after sunrise are very special - not to be lost.


    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Time is such a precious gift and one to be valued for its magic and power, time is our friend! I love your look at the essence of time! :) Katie

    • rwelton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      No time better than tomorrow morning. Enjoy. Use it wisely.


    • JimmieWriter profile image

      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      So thoughtful. I have just turned 40, and I find myself thinking about how I use time.

    • rwelton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Michael J-

      Thanks - I think this is a thread meaningful for me that I can run with for awhile. Enjoy tomorrow's sunrise.


    • rwelton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Carrie -

      Thanks. I had pieces of this from time to time when I was much younger...I think that until you are at the point where you can actually count the grains of sand left in your hourglass does one fully appreciate their value.


    • Michael Jay profile image

      Michael Jay 

      7 years ago

      A very inspiring hub, rwelton! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful hub.

    • carrie450 profile image


      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      What a wonderful uplifting hub rwelton. I thank God every single day for allowing me to see another beautiful sunrise. I've bookmarked this hub so I can refer to it often. Very well written.


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