The Currency of Time: Life’s Most Precious Commodity


“You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin

The concept of time is elusive because, well, it stands still for no man. Beyond time being an arbitrary number derived from the Earth’s axial rotation and orbital revolution around the sun, it is also the life currency that you can never regain after “spending” it. Those who accomplish their dreams in life understand this concept better than anybody, because they are the wisest barterers of their time. We are all allotted a certain amount of time in our lives, and it is those who spend it doing things they are passionate about that will achieve those aspirations.

Be thankful for every second you are given, tomorrow is never guaranteed, so do what you can today to better yourself and let the chips fall where they may. Ask yourself this question, “Is what I’m doing right now worth my time?”


If you were told today you had 3 months to live, would you be content with the things you’re currently doing? If not, hopefully the rest of this exposition will spur a change in your actions. You’ve been given the time, use it wisely.

The currency of life: Time

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400.

It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

Each of us 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 a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”

You must live in the present on today’s deposits.

The clock is running! Make the most of today.

  • To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
  • To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
  • To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
  • To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
  • To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.
  • To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
  • To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at 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 with. And remember time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.