Realize the value of time. Time in perspective.


Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do?
Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. It's name is time.
Every 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 records 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 the tomorrow.
You must live in the present on today's deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.

And remember, time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.


The origin of this text is unknown.




There's a lot of variations on it, additions and even jokes. There's some stuff connected with it and found on the Net:



To realize the value of ONE LIFETIME, ask someone who has missed his or her chance.


To realize the value of A SISTER, ask someone who doesn't have one.
To realize the value of TEN YEARS, ask a newly divorced couple.
To realize the value of FOUR YEARS, ask a graduate.


To realize the value of A FRIEND, lose one.


To realize the value of ONE THOUSAND YEARS, ask a programmer who has programmed with 2 digits for the year's value.
To realize the value of ONE HUNDRED YEARS, ask a Hong Kong resident who has witnessed the Handover.
To realize the value of SEVENTY YEARS, ask a dying Christian who has never shared the Gospel with others.
To realize the value of FORTY YEARS, ask an Israelite who has traveled in the wilderness.
To realize the value of SEVEN YEARS, ask a professor who did not get his sabbatical leave.
To realize the value of FOUR YEARS, ask a U.S. president who was not re-elected for the second term.


To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND, ask the (electric) power engineer who has brought darkness to a city.
To realize the value of ONE MICRO-SECOND, ask the person who has bought a Pentimum machine.
To realize the value of ONE NANO-SECOND, ask the digital circuit designer who has just been promoted.
To realize the value of ONE PICO-SECOND, ask the analog circuit designer who has filed many patents.
To realize the value of ONE FEMTO-SECOND, ask the physicist who has won the Nobel prize.


To realize the value of ONE MICRO-SECOND, ask NASA's Team of scientists.
To realize the value of ONE NANO-SECOND, ask a Hardware Engineer.





All the quotes are collected by Dmitry Shurupov, 2005.