TIME: How and Why Should We value the Essence of Time?
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
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
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
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
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?