“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
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It happened one day …
A man of God spoke to his co-workers on Friday evening of one week but never made it to work the following Monday. He took ill and died suddenly on the Saturday night. Everyone was in shock. How could this be? And not him of all people!
Most of all, they regretted not being able to thank him for being a great friend, a committed team player and a caring, thoughtful supervisor. It was too late. He would never know how much they appreciated having him in their lives, never hear the words of the many tributes offered on his behalf or enjoy the rich notes of the songs which were sung at his funeral.
A time for everything
We are all familiar with the following verses taken from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
The problem with time is that it cannot be stored for later use nor can it be renewed if misspent. Life tends to teach us (actually, maybe the lesson is learnt more from death) that it’s now or never; there is no going back to fix mistakes or bring our loved ones back from the dead to tell them all of the things we wished we had told them.
How do you decide “now or later”?
I’ve learnt that it’s very easy to procrastinate, especially when you’re tired. If you’re like me, some days there is just too much to be done and not enough time to complete even one task. As you ponder your fate that’s when a big wave of exhaustion washes over you and whatever is left to be done is put off until tomorrow or next week or next month. At least that’s how we exist … until someone dies and we realise that maybe, just maybe, we could have lived a little differently in terms of the way we spent our time.
If you’re still not sure how you feel then ask yourself these eight short questions:
- What have you been putting off until later?
- Is there something you need to say to someone today?
- Do you have a special friend who has always been there for you through thick and thin?
- What about that supervisor who is always in your corner and supports you when needed?
- Have you thanked your mom and dad for their contribution to making you the wonderful person you are today?
- Is there a family member or someone close who is always thinking of others (especially you) before themselves?
- Can you offer words of comfort to someone who has lost a loved one?
- What about the friend who has lost their job – how can you help?
NOW is the time
There is much to be done – not only for ourselves but for others – and our time on earth may be running out. Now, today, is the only time we can be sure of. Why not make the best of it? Something to think about …
- How do you maximise time?
- Do you make an effort to spend quality time with family and friends?
- What matters most to you?
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