Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400.
It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow.
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask the student who has failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask the mother of a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask two lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed a plane.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the winner of a silver medal in the Olympics.
Back to your bank:
We must live in the present on today’s deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost
in health, happiness and service.
The clock is running: make the most of today.