Why time is your most precious commodity - value it

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Why time is your most precious commodity - value it

Have you ever thought about what your most precious asset is? Maybe your car? Your bulging bank account? Or rather your friendships, your health and your time? Unfortunately, the latter in particular does not yet seem to have reached the consciousness of all people. Or to put it another way: the value of time is greatly underestimated. Yet time is the one thing we never get back once it has passed.

You can fill an empty account and make new friends when old ones have ended. You can even restore your health after an illness and regenerate your body. But time is a little different: Once it's gone, it never comes back. And since our time in this world is limited compared to many other goods and resources, we should treat it much more valuably than we do so far.

Time, the universal good

Even Napoleon Bonaparte knew: "The only thieves who are not punished in our society are the thieves of time." If you keep this in mind, you have the chance to improve your quality of life tremendously. Because in the end, the quality of our lives is not determined by our hourly rate, our salary, or the value of our stock securities. The only thing that really counts is the time we have used wisely and filled with happy memories.

Your year always has the same number of weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds:

  • 52 weeks
  • 365 days
  • 8,760 hours
  • 525,600 minutes
  • or 31,536,000 seconds, to be exact.

Whether you're a billionaire or scraping the poverty line, your time doesn't change. That makes time a universal good. So it's not about who has more time, but about getting the most out of your time.

Valuing lifetime

Your lifetime has a limit and no amount of money can buy you new time. The more we become aware of this, the more valuable our time seems to us. Now it is up to you to value this precious resource and to handle it well. How do you do that? It's simple: For all activities that you do regularly and frequently, ask yourself whether they are really worth that much time to you. Don't waste your precious life time on things that don't make you happy, spend it on the people and activities you love. This could be travel, good food or hobbies. You alone decide what you want to trade off your lifetime for. Choose wisely!

The magic bench

Finally, we'd like to tell you a little story. Imagine you have won the following prize in a competition: Every morning, the bank puts 86,400 euros in your bank account. But the game has two rules. The first rule is that anything you haven't spent during the day will be taken away from you. You can't transfer the money to another account, you can only spend it. Every morning when you wake up, the bank opens a new account for you with a new 86,400 euros for the coming day.

The second rule is that the bank can end the game without warning. At any time, it can say, "It's over. The game is over." They can close the account and you can't get another one. What would you do? Would you buy anything you wanted? Not just for yourself, but for the people you love? Maybe even for people you don't know, since you could never spend that amount just on yourself?

Actually, this game is reality. Each of us has a "magic bank." Many of us just don't see it. The magic bank is time: every morning when we wake up, we are given 86,400 seconds of life for the day. When we fall asleep at night, we are not credited with the rest of the time. What we did not live that day is lost. Yesterday is gone. Every morning, the account begins to replenish itself. But the bank can close the account at any time, without warning.

So what do you do with your daily 86,400 seconds? Aren't they worth much more than the same amount in euros? Be grateful and use your time wisely. Live your life - because you only have one.


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