There is no more precious commodity here on Earth than time. Time is more valuable than gold, platinum or silver. It’s more valuable than all the money in the world. Why is time so valuable? It’s limited. What makes it even more valuable, is the fact that we don’t know how much we really have. The average person in the Western World lives around 79 years of age. As we all know, some die within days or months of being born and some live into their 100’s. At any moment we don’t know if we only have a few seconds or years left on our life. People that are in the prime of their life, die of a heart attack and everyone is shocked. Car wrecks, other accidents, and illnesses can all bring an end to our time.
On average we spend the following time doing these items:
- Sleeping 33 years
- Working 13 years and 2 months
- Screen time (tv and social media) 11 years 4 months
- Eating 4 years 6 months
- Vacationing 3 years
- Exercise 1 year 4 months
- Socializing 2 years 1 month
So that list comes out to about 68.5 years, meaning if we live on average 79 years, we have 10.5 years to do with what we want. We start discussing some of the other things we do in a day, like brushing our teeth, going to the bathroom, and doing chores; that 10.5 years has dwindled down even more. Ten years is not much time, roughly 13% of our life we have the ability to determine what we will do with it.
The thing is, many people want your time. They want a share of that 10 years you have. Why do we freely give away our time?
So I’m going to take this in a completely different direction than expected. I want to personally thank, this Memorial Day (United States holiday), the families of the men and women that gave up some of their time, to serve in the armed forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice. . . their life. Although serving in the military is job, there is that key aspect that those individuals that gave the ultimate sacrifice, put themselves in a situation to protect our country and have no more time.
Many of us, would not put ourselves in a situation where we lose time, where we lose years off our life (not intentionally anyways). These men and women did. For that I thank you, so that I can live in a country with so many freedoms. We have our problems, but I don’t have to worry about discussing Jesus, I don’t have to fear all the time that something is going to happen to my family. I’m free to chose my career and who I want to be.
Again, thank you to the families of those that have given the ultimate sacrifice.