Next to family and friends, time is really one of the most precious things around.
To waste time is to waste moments of life. Of course there are instances when I find myself wasting an incredible amount of time. The eye candy on Pinterest seems to be a culprit for me, as well as scrolling through incessant social media posts attached to the usual suspects: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s tempting to waste time in such regard. In fact, I heard a story recently (true story on NPR) that referenced a man who, in an effort to increase productivity, actually hired an assistant to slap him during the work day at each moment his attention drifted over to Facebook in a resulting time waste. Oh my.
We certainly waste time in other ways too. I’m thinking you can recall some avenues of misallocated moments in your own life.
Waste not time today, but do take a valuable moment to digest what has been said over time, about time.
“Time nor tide wait for no man.”
“Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
Pope Paul VI
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
Theophrastus (372 BC-287 BC)
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.”
“Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.”
“I’ve been on a calendar but I have never been on time.”
“Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”
“For every minute spent in organising, an hour is earned.”
“Time cuts down all, Both great and small.”
“Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.”
“Take care in your minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves.”
“Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.”
“Time is like a handful of sand – the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.”