There was a movie on my flight from Lima to Miami on Monday. I didn’t listen to it, but from what I could gather watching it, it was futuristic/sci-fi flick. Everyone had a clock ticking down on their arm and if it ran out you died. You also had to pay with your time, so a cup of coffee was four minutes, rent for a month was 20 hours and so on.
This isn’t too far from the truth. Everything you “own” you traded your time for. Time is the only thing you actually own. But how many people realize that? How many people trade their time for something truly valuable? If you went to a terminal disease ward in the hospital, how many of those people do you think would trade some of the physical “stuff” to get back some of their time? I bet a lot.
Your time is valuable, probably more valuable than you can imagine. That doesn’t mean you should be stingy with it. It does mean you should be deliberate about how you spend it.