Time. It’s the one universal thing we all share, no one person gets anymore or any less. Every night at midnight we are given 24 hours, how we treat them is what makes us diverse.
You know the saying “Time is on my side” well for me time is never on my side. I never have enough of it and I usually try to steal it, let me explain. I always set my clocks 10 minutes ahead, same with my alarms. I say alarms because I set one for just about everything. Picking up kids…alarm is set 10 minutes before it should be so I can be extra ready, waking up…same thing, alarm is set with a 10 minute “cushion”. Heck the ring tone for my alarm is the theme song for the 80s classic Back to the Future, “Back in Time”, by Huey Lewis and the News.
If someone says “hey what time is it” my response would be “oh its 2 o’clock, in reality its 1:27pm. To me you’re always moving forward so you’re always closer to 2 because you can never get that time back. You can’t “catch up” on time. You can’t say “I’m going to catch up on some laundry or catch up on some reading. There is no “catching up” you can’t go back and get that time again.
Now there are the other people, the time eaters, the procrastinators, the time thieves that rob people of their precious minutes. They steal a couple minutes here and a couple second there, which eventually turn into hours lost. Everyone knows this person…the one that is constantly late to meetings, always comes home late because they started their day out late. They say: “Hey, you got a minute?” or “Can I borrow you for a second?” I want to say healthy wealthy and wise, don’t put off tomorrow what you could get done today. I have 2 young girls and I know for certain I have instilled in them the importance of respecting the clock. If you can learn to respect time then in the end you are also respecting everyone else’s time.“NO, I don’t have a minute or a second that I can spare, I only have been given so many, 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds and they are precious to me.” I think the time thieves don’t even know they are taking away from my 24 hours. If these thieves steal my time then I am going to have to take time away from something that was significant to me.
I think punctuality is something that is instilled in us at an early age. Our parents teach us that the early bird gets the worm or early to be early to rise make a man healthy wealthy and wise, don’t put off tomorrow what you could get done today. I have 2 young girls and I know for certain I have instilled in them the importance of respecting the clock. If you can learn to respect time then in the end you are also respecting everyone else’s time.