An unknown author wrote: Imagine there is a bank that credits your account with $86,400.
It carries no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains . If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”.
You must live in the present on today’s deposit. Invest it so that you get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.
When I presented this thought to a group of H2U members with whom I was having lunch, they began to make suggestions on how to manage their “time bank account”. The first suggestion was that we should allocate planning time . If you make grand goals you need to plan how you will carry through on them. The time you spend planning will pay off in effectiveness. Abbreviate your goals and estimate the time it will take to achieve them. Concentrate on them and take advantage of your body’s natural rhythms. To be more productive, plan your most brain intensive work when you are most alert. Evaluate your expectations.
Relax a little if your expectations are too high. Delegate when you need too.
Then came the suggestion that we should divide our time into four parcels and spend almost equal time on the four areas in which we grow: physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
After some discussion, we realized that being a member of H2U provided us with the opportunity to use our time wisely in each of these areas. The dance classes and hiking opportunities along with the classes on managing diabetes that care of us physically, Mentally we attend presentations at our meetings from various medical practitioners and have health tips in our newsletter, socially we have picnics, dinner nights out, and choirs, and spiritually we are reminded to do unto others as we would have them do unto us when we have bake sales and garage sales with the profit going to benefit less fortunate people in our community.
So if you are not a H2U member, give some thought to joining. It’s a mere $30.00 a year and the benefits are terrific. Happy Birthday to Gene Williams, Paul Parham, Nita Brumbelow, and Elaine Grubbs. Our sympathy goes to the family of Jim Welty. Jim was a big help and we will miss him.