‘Time’ is the most valuable asset. Each one of us has the same amount of time in a day. Whether you are rich or poor, educated or not—you are given the same twenty-four hours. The only difference is how each one of us utilizes the equal amount of this resource that we have been given. For time, being the most precious element, never comes back after it has been spent.
The Bible says there is a time for everything: “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). An anonymous author writes it well, “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.”
Sometimes people ask me, “What was your favorite age or time of your life?” I always answer, “Now.”
The moment that we have now is so marvelous.
The time I have in my hand right now and the decisions I make now, they have life-long effects. That makes this very moment I am currently spending so very important. Although I have some favorite memories that I really cherish, the best time is ‘Now.’
A day will come when we grow old, and despite our desires, we will become limited in our movement. So let us not spend our time wastefully. Let us ponder how to spend it meaningfully. There is a consequence for every decision we make. I am who I am today because of the time I spent in the past. When I was young, I spent my time in studying and learning from my parents. My belief today was shaped because of my past. I think of the One who has numbered my days and can only feel gratitude: gratitude that I had the time to become who I am.
Where are you spending your time: In learning with a good company of friends? In serving others? In loving your neighbors? In all these matters?
We cannot buy time and add to our life. Many people die young. Time is not in one’s control. Often, we know the value of time only when we do not have it. Ask a dying person what he wants; he wants time to live. Ask a person who has lost loved ones what they want; they want more time with their loved ones. Time is so precious. So make the most out of time when it is with you. We cannot bring back it back. We can only value ‘Now.’
Ramila Karmacharya is from the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, a small beautiful country in South Asia, known as home to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Ramila has two teenage sons. She runs a trekking company alongside her husband. She is also involved in a variety community development projects.