For the Time of Your Life
By Steve Goodier
Malcolm Forbes once said, "Unless you're serving time there's never
enough of it." It's true! Time is the greatest commodity we have. We
may be able to make more money, but we will eventually run out of
Writer Carl Sandburg advised, "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."
One man must have been thinking about this when he took a time
management seminar. The instructor asked everyone in the class to make
a list of ten major time-wasters. The eager young man raised his hand
and inquired, "Is it necessary to identify the individuals by name?"
How we use time is important, and only you can determine what is a
good use of your time. But if we are not clear about how we want to
spend our time, other people will be all too happy to spend it for us.
Those who take charge of their time have learned to say "no" to some
things that will have enough time left to say "yes" to that which is
more fulfilling. THEY decide how to fill their days up - THEY take
charge. THEY determine what is an important use of their time.
This is not to say that every minute should be used in productive
pursuits. I like Bertrand Russell's observation: "The time you enjoy
wasting is not wasted time." Why not? Because time you spend doing
something that brings you pleasure can be an excellent way to spend
some of the day.
Only you can choose how your time will be spent. You will use it
for work as well as play; for pursuing your dreams as well as
relaxation; for self improvement, for inner growth and to give away to
others. Much of your time you will feel you spent well. Some of it you
may feel you could have used differently. But all of it ought to be
spent as YOU determine. For there are few things you will regret more
than to look back and wonder why you spent so much time doing what
For the time of your life remember ... it is YOUR life. And your time.
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