The Value of Time !

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
― Paulo Coelho

It’s time for us to do another post on the value of time. As I have said before, time is the most valuable commodity in the world. It does not care about your gender, your sexuality, your race, your financial standing. We all have a limited amount of time and how we use it is imperative to our overall happiness as individuals. What makes you happy might be much different then what makes me happy, but we both should be striving to spend more time trying to do those things.

The quote we are using today is a really good one. It hits on two extremely important concepts that are high value. The main point being “people only hear what they want to hear”. That is so true and it’s pretty universal. All you need to do is go on twitter for an hour and you will see exactly what I mean. We all want affirmation its part of the social construct and the human condition. What the quote is telling us is don’t waste your time explaining to others.

Your time is running out…

This is the trick isn’t it? We want people to understand us, we want people to accept our ideas. Through that acceptance we get affirmation to some degree. It’s often the case though that the nod or “okay sure whatever you say” comment is just lip service. They don’t agree with you, but don’t want conflict.

Explanations should be reserved for people whom you really care about and love. If for example, you are in a bank and do something you think is odd, like missing the trash barrel when you are throwing away your drink. You rush over to pick it up and the person filling out their slip looks at you and you explain your action. That’s normal, I get it, but this person doesn’t matter. The entire interaction is almost exclusively an internal discussion with yourself and that for the other person within themselves.

You do you, of course but remember time is such a valuable commodity the last thing you want to do is spend it explaining something to someone whom probably is only going to hear what they want anyway. Do your best and maximize your time. Random people, which you will meet many don’t really matter, to you. Giving them your time in a meaningless endeavor saps you of your most valuable commodity. It’s okay to care what other people think, but remember, most people only hear what they want to hear.

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Time – The most valuable commodity in the world

It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor. It doesn’t care about your sexual preferences or your race. It doesn’t care where you were born, how much money you make or what kind of car you drive. Time is the most potent force in the world. Why? Because its universal it applies to everyone and when your time is up, that’s it there are no sequels. It’s one of the only things in the world that makes us all equal in some way. So how you spend your time is critical to your spiritual, financial and overall health. If you are spending your time on things you really enjoy, you are one of the richest people in the world.

 Time, Friend or Foe? – Poem by Ric Velle

Times gives life meaning and sustenance, so we’re all
somewhat on common ground, so life doesn’t confound.
Time doesn’t stay the same, nor does the world.
Time goes slow and sometimes fast, and with hope, we shall last.
Time can be lost, and it can cost.
Time can be harnessed, and it can slip through the hand like granules of sand.
Time is a friend or foe, this I know.
Time is a second, a minute, or an hour, it may devour.
Time controls and consoles.
Time, at times, is the aggressor and the lesser, a comforter.
Time heals and steals. Time brings hope and sometimes despair.
Time can repair, and it can be unfair.
Time is eternity, together, with Christ,
the King of Kings, we shall be.

The poem above does have a Christian reference at the end but it shouldn’t register as a religious piece. It should serve more as a reminder of the value of time. “Time is friend or foe, this I know” the poet proclaims. What will it be for you? How much time will you spend today doing something you don’t want to do? Don’t make your time your foe, make an effort to determine what you enjoy most in life. It can be anything, and be honest. Like fixing cars? Cool. Like gardening? Maybe you are a gamer… Whatever it is make time your friend and spend time doing the things you enjoy doing.

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Get outside !

A couple of quick reminders

Hey folks, quick post today and in a little bit of a different format. I have a few things I want to remind you of, I hope one of them results in a positive for you.

  1. Help someone. Helping yourself sometimes starts when you help others. When was the last time you helped someone else?
  2. If something makes you smile, it’s worth repeating. In the last few weeks what were 3 things that made you smile? Do them again.
  3. Time is the most valuable commodity on the planet. Your time is limited, so is mine. The time we have and what we do with it is the most important decision we make.
  4. Do something for two other senses. We visualize a lot, go out and smell something really pungent. Find something really unique to listen too, something you haven’t heard before (whale songs?).
  5. Challenge one of your friends to a race. Simple, find a place and race each other. I bet you laugh your butts off and smile.

Just a reminder to do something outside of your normal. It’s too easy to get into a pattern, to maintain the status quo. Do something different, let me know what you did and how it worked out.

The Value of time – As Time Passes

In my travels around the internet I often stumble across interesting pieces. Poems, quotes, obscure news stories… One of the concepts we talk about on this blog is the value of time. I believe that time is the most valuable commodity on the planet. It doesn’t care what your age is, your gender, your sexuality, your political affiliation, or where you live.

I found a great poem below. I cant remember where I found it but I did get the Author and the year it was written. Time goes by so fast, moments that I wish would never pass are now memories. The older I get the more I realize how much I have done, and how much I have missed. This poem is great, I hope you enjoy it too.

As Time Passes

Jenni-Fiere M. Bivens 2006

As the seconds pass,
We look back
At what our lives have held.

As the minutes pass,
We see what fell through the cracks.
Parts of our lives we withheld.

As the hours pass,
We think of what we learned,
What we have taught,
What we have forgot.

As the days pass,
We wish a lot could be returned.
We wish we would have never fought
You hope they forget me not.

As years pass,
You stand alone.
They have all grown,
Married and gone
Or on their own.

As your life passes,
You stand proud,
Looking how well they raise their own.
You did well.
Live on…


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Someday isn’t on the calendar

There are many holidays on the calendar. Most of them we just let pass without much fanfare. Groundhogs day, Flag Day, Super Tuesday, Evacuation day, Arbor day and many state and local holidays. One holiday “Someday” isn’t on the calendar.

How many times have you referred to “someday” in your life or your private thoughts? What day did you mean exactly? Next March? Two weeks from now? Someday is cop out really. The value of time cannot be measured. If you find yourself referring to “someday” more and more it might mean you aren’t doing the things you really want to.

The next time you say to yourself “someday” actually give it a date. “Someday I will go to Ireland”. When exactly? By putting a date to your “somedays” you begin to eliminate this mindset completely from your life. You begin to do the things you want to do, pushing out things that have lesser value, to you.

Remember, the most valuable commodity on the planet is time. It doesn’t care about your gender, race, religion, ethnicity or age. You have a limited amount of it and you should be tasked to do the things you want to do within the time you have.

Someday isn’t on your calendar, maybe it should be.

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The Value of Time !

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
― Paulo Coelho

It’s time for us to do another post on the value of time. As I have said before, time is the most valuable commodity in the world. It does not care about your gender, your sexuality, your race, your financial standing. We all have a limited amount of time and how we use it is imperative to our overall happiness as individuals. What makes you happy might be much different then what makes me happy, but we both should be striving to spend more time trying to do those things.

The quote we are using today is a really good one. It hits on two extremely important concepts that are high value. The main point being “people only hear what they want to hear”. That is so true and it’s pretty universal. All you need to do is go on twitter for an hour and you will see exactly what I mean. We all want affirmation its part of the social construct and the human condition. What the quote is telling us is don’t waste your time explaining to others.

Your time is running out…

This is the trick isn’t it? We want people to understand us, we want people to accept our ideas. Through that acceptance we get affirmation to some degree. It’s often the case though that the nod or “okay sure whatever you say” comment is just lip service. They don’t agree with you, but don’t want conflict.

Explanations should be reserved for people whom you really care about and love. If for example, you are in a bank and do something you think is odd, like missing the trash barrel when you are throwing away your drink. You rush over to pick it up and the person filling out their slip looks at you and you explain your action. That’s normal, I get it, but this person doesn’t matter. The entire interaction is almost exclusively an internal discussion with yourself and that for the other person within themselves.

You do you, of course but remember time is such a valuable commodity the last thing you want to do is spend it explaining something to someone whom probably is only going to hear what they want anyway. Do your best and maximize your time. Random people, which you will meet many don’t really matter, to you. Giving them your time in a meaningless endeavor saps you of your most valuable commodity. It’s okay to care what other people think, but remember, most people only hear what they want to hear.

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Oscar Wilde

Wisdom from the past:“Punctuality is the thief of time.” – Oscar Wilde, From -The Picture of Dorian Gray-

Once again we harken back to the past to pull out some wisdom on the value of time. As I have said in posts before here Time is the most valuable commodity on the planet. No one knows how much time they have been allotted. Your race, religion, gender, sexuality, aren’t relevant to time, it doesn’t care. How you spend your time is of course the trick isn’t it? How do we spend more time doing what we want, instead of spending time doing things we would rather not be doing?

There are of course many avenues to pursue to achieve the aim of maximizing your time. No one can really tell you the path to take, only you know what it is you truly enjoy doing. The quote from Wilde above is a little misleading. It is after all Oscar Wilde so we have to take his wit in historical context. If you don’t know who Oscar Wilde is, check out this site

What I glean from his quote is that when you invest effort in someone else, like being punctual because someone is waiting for you, you sacrifice your own time that you could spend on doing something else. That something else can be anything really. Yes that includes dressing up as one of your favorite movie characters !

The point here is creating opportunities to spend your time the way you want to should never be taken for granted. Meetings, appointments, deadlines… Are they all necessary? Are you beholden to a regimen of time management that benefits other people?

Look at how you are choosing to allocate your time. Take a week and write out how many hours during that week did you exchange your time for someone else. Work, chores, you name it put it on the list. Of course if you do that, you’ll be exchanging your time to accommodate someone else’s request, mine.

Please be punctual….

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How to move mountains

It’s time for another post on time

Every once in a while I do a post on the most valuable commodity on the planet, time. It’s the one equalizing factor in life. It doesn’t care about your gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, time goes on regardless. How you spend your time is critical to the quality of your life. No one knows when their time is up, we could pass tomorrow or live to 100.

So a quote: “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” From the book “Phrynette Married” by Marthe Troly-Curtin.

“Wasting time” as a concept is extremely subjective. It is imperative that we take stock of what is valuable to us. As an example I am a gamer that is my hobby, it has been since 1983 (yes im ancient). Some believe it’s a waste of time.

Only you can decide what is of value for your time. Remember life is very short and if you are trying to spend your time adhering to someone else’s value of time you are truly wasting it. Remember what you like to do is okay, maybe you knit? Maybe you’re a cyclists, maybe you hunt, maybe you game…

The point here is, and why this quote is so potent is if you are enjoying the activity even if you or someone else thinks it’s a waste, it isn’t. You have to maximize the time you have, even if you are “wasting it” something can come along tomorrow, like a pandemic, and change everything for you. So if you get some time to engage in an activity you enjoy today, don’t let anyone tell you you are wasting your time.

You are doing awesome, one day at a time.

How to move mountains

Time – Stop Wasting it

I have spent years in the finance field. I have helped people with personal finances, retirement, businesses and for everyone I have worked with I have hammered home to them the importance of time.

It doesn’t care what your gender is, your race, your sexuality, your age. We each have a different amount of time, and its your task to determine how to spend your time the best way you can to achieve happiness. You really have to put thought into this, you really have to examine your life and determine what you are doing, and does it make you happy.

Here is one of the things that I did, for one week I kept a journal of what I was doing, and how long I did it. It wasn’t precise but I did the best I could. I accumulated the data on a spread sheet, I had spent hours in my car driving, time at a coffee shop on and on and on. It made me realize that I spend a lot of time-wasting time, it was very revealing to me.

Now what is good for me, doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Let me wrap this up with a poem.

Time by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality,
And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
Who shall put forth on thee,
Unfathomable Sea?

We are all on a sea of time. Is your ocean stormy? Are the waters calm? Take some time soon and really look at what you are doing, and how long you are spending on it. I’m betting you will find something you want to change and pick up time that you can be doing something you love.

Get outside !

Shakespeare & Time

“When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silvered o’er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.”

Sonnet 12: When I do count the clock that tells the time by William Shakespeare

Do you know old English? Do you understand the gist of the poem? Like many great writers of antiquity, you can often find the point encapsulated in one clear sentence.

And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence”

Time is the most precious commodity in the world. Its “scythe” cuts us all down eventually. We have no choice but to succumb to its inevitability. The key is what do you do with the time you have? The beauty of poetry is like music, it can mean different things to different people depending on personal circumstances.

You might be young, in your world, there is plenty of time. You might be old, in your world time might be running out. The worst part is no one knows when the scythe will make its death stroke. When will the harvest be collected? You are the harvest, how you grow yourself is paramount to using your time effectively to make a better life.

The clock continues to click, are you wasting time, or is time wasting you?