Time

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“If we want to be high-functioning and happy, we need to re-learn how to be still. When we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for us to get everything done, when we wish for more time… we don’t actually need more time. We need more stillness. Stillness to recharge. Stillness so that we can feel whatever it is that we feel. Stillness so that we can actually enjoy this life that we are living.” ~ Christine Carter, Greater Good

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“The best present is presence. You see, the people I care about mean much more to me than a new pair of shoes or a shiny new gadget or even a certified pre-owned luxury car with a huge bow on top. And yet, many of us attempt to give material items to make up for the time we don’t spend with the people we love. I know—I did it for years. But possessions can’t ever make up for lost time.” ~  Joshua Fields Millburn, The Minimalists blog

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“Understand the value of time. Life ends up being really short, no matter how long you live. You can recover money, you can rebuild houses, you can re-buy glassware — but you can’t get back time.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium

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“The greatest reflection of your priorities is your time. Whatever you say about what matters to you, the true test is where you place your time. So if you say your priorities are your partner or your kids or your family or your health, that statement will only be true if your calendar reflects it.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium

Time is Our Most Precious Commodity

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Given the choice, would you rather save time or money?

Most people focus on dollars. But how you spend your time is much more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can often be corrected, but when you lose time, it’s gone forever.

Your priorities determine how you spend your time, and time is precious.  The following statements may help you put time in perspective:

To know the value of one year… Ask the student who failed the final exam.

To know the value of one month… Ask the mother of a premature baby.

To know the value of one week… Ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.

To know the value of one day… Ask the wage earner who has six children.

To know the value of one hour… Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To know the value of one minute… Ask the person who missed the plane.

To know the value of one second… Ask the person who survived the accident.

To know the value of one millisecond… Ask the Olympic silver medalist.

Your time is priceless.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson advised, “Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds.  Discard them and their value will never be known.  Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

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Source: Today Matters by John C. Maxwell

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