If we have billions and billions of dollars, we may be able to buy expensive cars, gadgets and mansions and we may be able to create beautiful monuments. But there is one thing that Money cannot create, and that is Time. No matter how many billions of dollars we have, we cannot buy an extra moment with Money – let alone an hour or day! An emperor has the same number of hours each day as a pauper, not a second more. Even if he wants to buy a minute, he cannot. On the other hand, if we have Time, we can always create wealth. Even if we lose Money, we can still think about recovering it or starting afresh and making more, but once a moment is gone, it’s gone forever. Now, doesn’t that make Time far more valuable than Money? And yet, many of us still value Money over Time.
KEEP AN EYE ON TIME, NOT MONEY
If we think about it, our attitude towards Money is very strange. We guard our wealth with our lives. Many of us hoard Money, spend it frugally and try not to waste it, even though we know we cannot take a penny with us when we die.
But when it comes to Time, we become indifferent, we are careless. To some of us, Time doesn’t even matter. We just don’t care! If we did, wouldn’t we respect Time? Would we waste it in meaningless pursuits that don’t matter to us? Would we while it away in purposeless activities? Would we let valuable moments pass us by in being miserable, or allow our past to make a wreck of our present? We make sure that we make the most of our Money, but do we ensure that we do the same with our Time?
There is little that most of us do to enjoy Time or effectively manage it, or save it by being efficient and result oriented. Not only that, we also complain, “I couldn’t do it because I didn’t have Time.” This is how we end up living our lives – with a long list of things to do, but without any effort to make Time to do such things. And then one fine day, our Time is up. It’s Time for us to leave this world, to let go of the gift of Life that gave us endless opportunities to do innumerable things, to do what we loved.
We may have millions of dollars in our bank when our ‘Time’ comes. We may be surrounded with opulent furniture, servants and what not, but if we wanted that one extra moment, not all the wealth in the world could bring it to us.
Isn’t it TIME to set our priorities right? One needs Money to survive, but we all need Time to Live. Let’s not waste Time. Let’s not trivialise it. Let’s value every moment that we have. Remember, we don’t have infinite Time. Let’s make every minute count, every hour special, every day memorable!
Always remember, Time is more valuable than Money.