Life Balance: The Urgent vs. The Important by Denis Waitley
Chanced upon this from badnomad.
Of all the wisdom I have gained, the most important is the knowledge that
time and health are two precious assets that we rarely recognize or appreciate
until they have been depleted. As with health, time is the raw material of life.
You can use it wisely, waste it or even kill it.
To accomplish all we are capable of, we would need a hundred lifetimes.
If we had forever in our mortal lives, there would be no need to set goals, plan effectively or set priorities.
We could squander our time and perhaps still manage to accomplish something, if only by chance.
Yet in reality, we're given only this one life span on earth to do our earthly best.
Each human being now living has exactly 168 hours per week.
Scientists can't invent new minutes, and even the super rich can't buy more hours.
Queen Elizabeth the First of England, the richest, most powerful woman on earth of her era,
whispered these final words on her deathbed: "All my possessions for a moment of time!"
We worry about things we want to do - but can't -
instead of doing the things we can do - but don't.
How often have you said to yourself, "Where did the day go?
I accomplished nothing," or "I can't even remember what I did yesterday."
That time is gone, and you never get it back.
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