The following is from a book I read several years ago called "If Only It Were True" by: Marc Levy. The book was turned into a movie and was renamed "Just Like Heaven". This excerpt was loosely thrown into the movie but, as is typical, reading it made the point so much more powerful.
"What it one morning you woke up and someone told you that you had one a prize? The prize was that every morning when you woke up, a bank account was opened in your name with eighty six thousand four hundred dollars. With this prize there are two rules that you must follow.
#1- Everything you fail to spend is taken away that night. You cannot cheat by taking unspent money from the account and adding it to the next days account. You can only spend it. However, when you wake up the next morning a new account is opened for you with the same amount of money as the first.
#2- At any time, the bank can break the agreement, without warning. It can be over at any time, account closed, no more to be opened.
If you don't spend it, you lose it all by the end of each day. You can never get it back. What would you do with it?
It's not hard to imagine. Anyone would say that they would spend the money on anything, and everything that they wanted, and anything and everything that our family and friends wanted, too. Maybe you would even spend it on people that you don't know... After awhile it would be hard to spend so much each day. But... you're probably thinking... "why does that matter? We don't have that luxury... ", but the truth is, we do! Our bank account is time. Every morning you are given eighty six thousand and four hundred seconds. At the end of the day, any time "not used" is gone forever. Yesterday has vanished. Everyday we are given this gift, but at any time it can be taken from us. Without warning life can end... So what do you choose to do with that time? Your daily ration of seconds
Few people really understand the importance of time. If you want to know what a year of life means, ask a student who just flunked a year end exam.
Or a month.. Talk to a mother who has just given birth to a premature baby and is waiting for him to be taken from an incubator before she can hold him safely in her arms.
A week... Interview a man who works in a factory of mine to feed his family, or a soldier who risks his life daily.
A day... Ask two people in love who are waiting to see each other again.
An hour... Talk to someone with claustrophobia who is trapped in a broken down elevator.
A second... Talk to someone who has just narrowly escaped death in a car wreck.
A thousandth of a second... Ask the athlete who just won the silver medal at the Olympic games instead of the gold he has trained for all his life.
LIFE IS MAGIC! Live for EVERY SECOND. Appreciate the value of EVERY instant & make the most of EVERY second YOU have left.
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