The Value of Time

I found the following thoughts intriguing and true. Let me share them with you and then I wish to add a couple of my thoughts:

“Time…Where will it take you?…and what value does your time have? To realize the value of a year, ask a woman whoa was just diagnosed with cancer. To realize the value of a month, ask the parents of a premature child.

What is the value of a day? Ask a daily wage worker with a family to feed. The value of an hour? Ask two lovers who anxiously wait to meet. The value of a minute? Ask the person who missed the last train home.

To realize the value of a second, ask the person who just survived a car accident. To realize the value of a millisecond, ask the athlete who came in second, or the athlete who won the gold.

What is the value of your day, month, or year? The value of time is the value of life.”

The Greek philosopher Diogenes Laertius once said: “Time is the image of eternity.” How true. For me, time is a great leveler. It teaches me to be patient but proactive at the same time. Exact for as much as I can but recognizing that I am not perfect and that I am here to learn. Living with integrity knowing that I make mistakes and that I should learn from them and move on without making the same mistakes all over again. Humble, recognizing that I am but a small pebble in the vast sand of humanity that surrounds me.

We are a marvelous system in itself. It reminds of a clock movement – a functional term for the components of a timepiece. Each part encased within a watch or clock quietly measures portions of a lifetime without much notice. Is the ‘movement’ of our inner life congruent with that of our outer life? If not why not? I often think if I am aligned. I realize that inner balance is a daily exercise and does not always work. But it is worth it.

Please, ponder over these thoughts and watch the following beautiful video, which made me think about the perspective of time.



About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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One Response to The Value of Time

  1. Cesare says:

    Good stuff Alberto, good stuff. I’ll come back to this soon and possibly leave a more meaningful comment.

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