In 1973, the great singer/songwriter Jim Croce released his popular song “Time in a Bottle”. At that time, I was in my early 20’s and this song quickly became a favorite of mine. Part of the song’s lyrics state:
“There never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them”
Now 42 years later, as I reflect on the lyrics of that great song, I’m reminded of how precious time is and how fast time really goes! Time isn’t something we can save in a bottle, or save at all. The only thing we can do with time is spend it. None of us know how long we have on earth so as my grandmother used to say, “We need to make hay while the sun shines!” We must make the most of the time we have.
Did You Know?
- 1,000 seconds = 16 minutes
- 1,000,000 seconds = 11 days
- 1,000,000,000 seconds = 32 years
- 1,000,000,000,000 seconds =32,000 years
Given the time formula above, most of us will live about 2.5 billion seconds or 80 years (if we are lucky). How are we utilizing the time we have? Are we engaged in being productive and contributing to our lives and the lives of others or are we frivolously wasting precious time doing things that ultimately won’t matter in the big picture?
Croce was correct- “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do.” I believe the key to utilizing our time is finding those things we want to do, assessing if they are good and worthy causes and if so- “Make hay while the sun shines” by doing them!
The reality is, one day we will all be pushing up daisies. What will be written about you? What will be written about us and how we spent our time? We write our legacy every day through our words, deeds and actions.
It’s about time!