Friday, January 13, 2012

Eighty-six thousand four hundred seconds

Imagine a bank that credits your

account each morning
with $86,400.

It carries over
no balance from day to day.

Every evening deletes
whatever part of the
you failed to use during the day.

What would you do?
Draw out all of it, of course!

Each of us has such a bank.
Its name is “time”.

Each 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."

You must live in the present
on today's
Invest it so as to get from it the
utmost in health and happiness,
goodwill and success.

The clock is running.
Make the most of today.
And remember that time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.

Receive it with your whole heart,
mind, body, and soul,
embrace it,
and live it to the full.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)