There is the timeless song by Mike Okri that I listen to often, it says,
“Time na money o, time na money (3ce); make you use your time well, no waka-waka, no gossip-gossip, no spoil another man, use your time well – do better thing. Money no dey fall from heaven, if you do better thing money go come, na true word I dey tell you so…”
We have always heard that time is money, but today someone says time is much more than money, that time is life itself, hear her out.
YOUR TIME YOUR LIFE: BY BUKOLA OKUNOLA
The American statesman Benjamin Franklin once said,
“Remember that time is money.”
Time, like money, is spent (or invested). It is how you spend/invest your time that determines how far you go in life. This is because life can only produce for you to the level of your insight. Show me how you invest your time and I will show you the level of your insight. Remember, life delivers to you as far as your eyes can see! (Genesis 13:15).
Even much more than money, your time is your life! Your lot in life only depends on what you do with it. You can move towards a more meaningful end in life by taking charge of your time. The better you are at managing your time, the more you can do at mastering your life. Productivity only answers to proper management of self and time; that is the key to living a life of value and Steve Covey told us this all his life.
Life is not wasted in years and decades, no, but in seconds and minutes we do not make to count. Those idle periods that take one away from one’s possibilities, those wasted moments of gossiping, gisting about unproductive things that block one’s view of the future without notice.
One amazing thing is that we have all been given a precious gift of 24 hours each day and 168 hours (10,080 minutes) in each week to do anything that make meaning to us, whether rich or poor, learned or illiterate irrespective of colour, gender, race or nationality but very little percentage come out with something productive with which they have used their time for. Why is this so? I ask myself. This is because it is not every one that recognizes time as life. Wisdom recommends that your time is life, don’t waste it.
There is a saying that “it is not how far, but it is how well.” It is not how far we go about life but how well we deal with the issues of our life. No one is interested in how long you have lived but what you have lived for, Methuselah is not remembered for many things and he lived for a whooping 969 years, Jesus on the other hand lived for a paltry 33 years and more than 2, 000 years after he is still reckoned as one of the top three brands in the world! No one is concerned about your age but what you‘ve done with the gift of time preciously delivered to you. Some live life as if it has no end whereas we will all account for what we do with our lives, how we spent it.
Time is an indispensable resource with which you can create anything, improve anything and accomplish anything. The cheapest way to make your life count is to make your time count. Treat every second with a sense of purpose and value. Turn your disappointments or waiting moments to profitable moments by doing something remarkable with them. No one can waste your time without your consent.
Robert G. Ingersoll said “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others happy.” There is no better time to live but now, there is no better way to live than making life meaningful for others and there is no better place to embark on that mission but where you are. LIVE TODAY.
You remember the nursery rhyme – “Tick, Tick, the time says, what you want to do, do quickly.” Every second in your life counts. Just like drops of water make an ocean, so also seconds make minutes then hours, years, decades and even life.
We began with Benjamin Franklin, let’s end this piece with him, he said,
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time: for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
So I say “YOUR TIME IS YOUR LIFE, MAKE IT COUNT.”