Time is our most important commodity. It is the space that separates between life and death. It runs from the point when we were born until the time we die. It has a beginning and an end.
However, it’s not the length of time that matters but rather how we spend this time while we are still living. Knowing that we all die sooner or later, every moment we live in this life matters. Every time that clock is ticking means that we are one second closer to the grave!
All men are born equal
Thomas Jefferson, one of United States greatest leaders first used this concept. The second paragraph of the United States’ Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
We are all born equal, endowed with the same gifts and capabilities. Two hands. Two feet. One mind. One head. One heart. One life. We are given the same amount of time each day and yet many people die poor while others die in riches.
While others are able to find meaning in life, achieve true liberty and able to find their own happiness, others are trapped in their own selves and not able grasp their dreams and find the true meaning and success in life.
Men die differently
We are born equal but die differently. So what accounts the difference?
It is time that makes the difference. It is how they view and use it while they are still alive. While other people are so busy working hard for the attainment of their goals, others are just wasting time- their most important commodity.
Cyclical vs Linear Time
The problem with most people is that they have a wrong concept of time. They pictured time as a cycle.
Notice how often we hear words like:
Leave that for tomorrow.
I will do it later.
Don’t worry, there’s another time tomorrow.
These people are thinking the time is circular.
And we can’t blame them. The clock runs in circles. The seasons are repeating every year – summer, fall, winter, spring, and back to summer gain. This moves like a cycle. Continously.
This leaves an impression to our minds that time is running in a cyclical manner.
But the truth is that time is linear.
While it is true that there’s another Monday, but it’s not the same Monday anymore. It’s Monday of a different week. While there’s another 10th of March, but it’s not anymore 2018 but already 2019!
Time is like a line (technically in Geometry, a line segment because it has a beginning and an end). Every point is distinct, different from one another. In life, once time is lost, it’s gone forever. You will never pass the same point again. So stop wasting time – your most important commodity.
1809 – 1865
Abraham Lincoln, one of the most influential figures in the history of mankind has this inscription. He was born in 1809 and died in 1865.
So which of the two is more important?
You probably say that it’s 1809 because that’s the time he was born. Or others may also say that it’s 1865.
But neither is important.
What matters is the dash punctuation between them. Those are the years when Abraham Lincoln lived and did great things that left a legacy to the world.
Neither the time we were born nor the time we will die is important if we don’t do great things while we are still living.
In my place, particularly in Tagbilaran City, there stands one of the leading business establishments – Bohol Quality Mall. It was founded by Mr. Antonio Ong Guat.
He died many years ago, but his bust is placed conspicuously in the mall’s entrance, a symbol of a great deed. His descendants will always remember that without him, there will be no establishing that is towering in the city. His great deed will not be forgotten even up to many generations in the future.
How about you? How do you want your children, grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren think about you? Do you want to be remembered through all of your generations because of your great deed?
Steve Jobs’ Advice
Steve Jobs, one of the prominent thinkers the world had ever seen has a great advice for everyone. In his commencement address to the graduates of Stanford University, he challenged them to “stay hungry” and “stay foolish.”
Here’s a 15-minute video of his speech.
What does it mean?
Staying hungry means you keep learning for more and staying foolish to believe that you can achieve anything beyond other people’s imagination.
Our time is limited
Knowing that we all die soon, we need to make most of our time doing great things and leaving a legacy. Stop wasting time and start doing productive things that will help you realize your dreams.