Ben Franklin

Wisdom from the past – Ben Franklin

“Lost time is never found again” – Ben Franklin

It’s time for another short post on wisdom and time. When you engage in activities that you otherwise wouldn’t if you had the choice you are losing time. Now the premise is “you don’t have a choice” and often that is the case. The goal here is, is to start working on the ability to HAVE the choice. This can be working on exiting from a toxic relationship.

This can be recognizing a bad habit and working on fixing it. This can be resigning from a job you hate, on and on. The important thing to strive for is maximizing the time you do have with things you want to do or enjoy. We all have things we would rather not be doing (like cleaning as an example) but working towards a life with less and less of those is paramount.

Time is the universal currency. It doesn’t care your about your gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, none of it. So to decrease your anxiety and increase your happiness figure out what you like to do and what you don’t like to do and stop losing time, you will never get it back, it will never be found again.

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A quick lesson on the value of time

I haven’t done a piece on time recently. As I contend in several of my blog posts over the years, Time is the most valuable commodity in the world. How you spend it largely determines how happy you are. Today’s lesson is relative to “years”. I am going to give you a popular phrase below, you’ve probably uttered it yourself or know someone who has.

“They (you determine who the they are) just turned (you fill in the year) so I have a good “X” amount of years left with them”

Let’s hone this a bit……

“My dad just turned 72, so I probably have a good 10 years left with him”

We usually end there. There is another question we rarely propose and to truly value our time we have to start asking it. With my example above that question is “how many times a year do you see your dad?”

Maybe you see him every day, that’s cool move on to the next person. Maybe he lives across the country and you see him twice a year. That would mean that, by our logic above that you have “a good 10 years left with him” then you are only going to see him 20 more times. Could be less, could be more. That’s not so many is it?

Time is the most valuable commodity in the world and every day we lose more of it.

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Beyond the Trees

Ancient Wisdom-Ben Franklin

“Lost time is never found again”. – Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin was one of the most impressive men of his age, really any age. A diplomat, scientist, philospher, politician. It seems there really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.

This simple quote is very powerful. You and I and everyone else, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, location have limited time. My time is different from yours, and yours is different from everyone elses.

We never know when our time is up, it could be tomorrow, it could be 50 years from now. When you spend time on things that are not good for you, or that harm you in some manner you can never get that time back.

What you do with your time is critical, you have to figure out ASAP what it is that makes you happy and invest as much time as you reasonably can into it.

Your time is running out, every second you move closer to the end of the clock. Don’t look back at the time you’ve lost, look to now at the time you have left.