A Thing of Value
The way many people treat it, one could be forgiven for thinking that it was of no real value. Some people just ‘fritter’ it away, others ‘waste’ it, and others ‘kill’ it. Yet it is the most precious thing in our life. It could be said that it is the base on which our life is built. But, of course, I’m speaking about TIME, The one aspect of life we cannot replace, not one hour, one minute or one second. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!
At birth, the first gift we all receive is TIME. We don’t know how much or how little we have of it. The second gift is CHOICE. The freedom to choose what we do with the first gift.
To illustrate the point, assume that, on reaching the age of 18 years, we are given $1440 every day from this point forward. We could choose to spend it all, spend some and save some or save it all. It’s our choice. Now let’s convert those dollars to minutes; 1440 minutes equals 24 Hrs. Unlike the dollars, we cannot choose to save some for a ‘rainy day.’ Tomorrow they will all be gone, and we will have to start again. The only choice open to us is how we ‘spend’ the received minutes.
Let me ask, “What will you do with the Minutes you receive”? When asked, “What are you doing”? Will you answer “I’m just killing time” until your time runs out?
Or, will you spend your time wisely? Because you don’t know how much you have left. Time can be both your ally and your enemy.
Treat it like the thing of value it really is … Make it your ally.
A man called a bird store the other day and said, “Send me 30,000 cockroaches at once!”
“What in heaven’s name do you want with 30,000 cockroaches?”
“Well,” replied the householder, “I’m moving today, and my lease says I must leave the premises in exactly the same condition I found them.”
Lady (to her doctor): “What l am worried about is my height and not my weight.” Doctor: “How come?” Lady: “According to my weight, my height should be 7 ft, 8 inches.”
The theatre critic was filing his review of a new play. “Tell me,” asked the editor, “Did it have a happy ending.” “Oh yes,” said the critic, “everyone was delighted when it was over.”
“No person was ever honoured for what he receives.
Honour has been the reward for what he gave.”
— Calvin Coolidge
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: A peer may be promoted over you. Don’t allow your envy to show. Instead, look objectively at yourself.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Good luck comes your way. Don’t overlook it…you never know what shape, size or colour it will be in!
GEMINI May 21-June 20: What you thought was a good deal falls through. Don’t be disappointed. All things happen for a reason.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Listen to those in authority. They’ll get you over the mountain. So take their advice and run with it!
LEO July 23-Aug 22: If you plan on shopping, beware! Buying now means you will have to curtail the spending next month.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your generosity will be rewarded. Don’t allow the praise and admiration to go to your head. Keep on doing what you do best.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Take refuge with friends and relatives. Accept the warmth and unconditional love they offer. Replenish your emotional needs.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Romance could come to a head. Big decisions must be made.
Think carefully before making any sudden moves.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Use social opportunities to mingle. Garner the info you need and store it mentally. It will come in handy.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Chances of advancement decline. Look into other avenues for moving yourself up. Forge new directions.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: An individual who shares your goals and priorities could be your soul mate. Don’t overlook the obvious.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Remember the golden rule. Making an effort to help others moves you forward. What goes around comes around.
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— Nothing was in place to stop things from falling through a thatched roof into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Beds with big posts at the corners and a sheet fastened to each post afforded some, but not complete, protection from invasion from above.
— The phrase “sleep tight” derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bed frame. Over time the ropes would sag and need to be tightened. As a result, a “tight sleep” was a comfortable sleep.
During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. He described a typical day this way: ‘Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank eight beers, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, and crawled out of the quicksand.’ Inspired by the story, the doctor said, ‘You must be one heck of an outdoorsman!’ ‘NAH,’ he replied, ‘I’m just a bad golfer.’
In life, the two toughest things to say are,
that first “Hello,” and the last “Goodbye.”