The time account
Say there is a bank that credits your account each morning with RMB6,400. Every evening, the bank deletes whatever remains of this sum that you have failed to use during the day.
What would you do if you had such an account?
Draw out every cent, every day, of course!
Well, each of us has such an account. Its name is TIME.
Every morning, time credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever you have failed to put to use. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day, time opens a new account for you. Each night, it burns whatever remains in the account. If you fail to use up all of the day’s deposits, you can’t keep them for tomorrow. Neither can you draw from what will be put in the next morning.
Time’s clock runs non-stop.
To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a grade.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour, ask two lover who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute, ask a traveler who has just missed his train.
To realize the value of one second, ask the motorist who has just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the athlete who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!