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Time well spent adds to life well lived-1Lots of people wait around “for the right time”. People don’t know that there is no such thing as a right time. Time is never right nor is it wrong. The only negative factor of time is that you can lose it and the only positive factor of time is that you can seize it.

By Nazarul Islam

Time is such a precious commodity. Once gone, it never returns. However, this is a commodity that is available to us on a daily basis to utilize it to the fullest. And, the availability is incessant, continuous and without cost throughout one’s life, from the day we are born to the day we die.

We will never receive a second more or a second less on any given day, irrespective of our gender, ethnicity or creed—whether we are old or young, rich or poor, sick or healthy, conformists, believers or atheists, genius or an idiot. The allocation of time is equal to everyone in this universe.

How well we utilize it, and make the most of it to suit our needs and content, it depends on how carefully we plan to live within the budget of twenty-four hours, like we learn to live within the budget of our funds by covering all proper items of income and expenditure.  Time = Life, therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life, says Alan Lakein.

Arnold Bennet, in his book ‘How to Live on Twenty Four Hours a Day’ says, you wake up in the morning, and lo! Your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours, which is yours – the most precious of possessions, which no one can take or steal from you and no one, receives either more or less than you receive. Time is such a commodity that, even if we waste it, the supply will never be withheld from us. We cannot waste tomorrow because it is kept for us in abeyance for the next day. Most importantly, we cannot draw time from the future or get into debt.

Therefore, if we can budget these twenty-four hours of our daily time spending on healthcare, pleasure, content, leisure, respect and spiritual activities for our soul, then happiness – the ultimate and most sought after treasure, will not elude us.

The song titled ‘One day at a time’ by Kris Kristofferson prays for “One day at a time sweet Jesus, That’s all I’m asking of you, I’m only Human, Just give me the strength, To do every day what I have to do,”

Lots of people wait around “for the right time”. People don’t know that there is no such thing as a right time. Time is never right nor is it wrong. The only negative factor of time is that you can lose it and the only positive factor of time is that you can seize it. When you understand the value of time, the resource and the wealth of time, you will be running away from the crowd.

Let’s pray together: Yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow may never be mine. O’ Lord Help me today, show me the way and teach me to take, one day at a time!

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About the Author

Nazarul IslamThe Bengal-born writer is a senior educationist based in USA. He writes for Sindh Courier and the newspapers of Bangladesh, India and America.
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