The following short parable should make us become aware of our most important resource – time. Your time on this planet is limited and something that you can neither buy nor get back once gone, so try not to waste it too frivolously.
When the angel of death came to Joe Smith, to accompany him to his real home, Joe dismissively responded “I am not ready to die as I have so much left to do. Do you mind coming back later?”
The Angel replied, sorry your time is up and we must leave now.
Joe enquired, “don’t you know who I am? I am Joe Smith, one of the richest men in the world.
The Angel nodded “I know all about you as I do everyone else; now hurry along, Let’s go.”
Joe pleaded; “if I were to give you 10% of my fortune, which is over a billion dollars, will you turn a blind eye and return a year later?”
The Angel shook his head and replied, “you don’t seem to understand Joe. It is time to go”
For the next few moments, Joe tried his best to negotiate with the angel giving away more of his fortune for lesser time. He finally succumbed and offered “if I were to give you all my fortune, which is 10 billion dollars, will you give me 5 minutes so that I can call my wife and children and tell them that I love them? I have never told them this and it is very important to me that they know how I feel about them. I also need to seek forgiveness from 2 people that I have hurt the most. All I ask is 5 minutes!”
The Angel paused and looked at Joe curiously and asked, “how long did it take you to make your 10 billion dollars?”
Joe replied, “30 years my friend – it took me a whole 30 years – it’s a great deal in exchange for 5 minutes, take it – you will never have to work another day in your life. “
The Angel shook his head and said “I really do not understand you human beings! If you are willing to give up 30 years of your lives’ work for 5 minutes, then why did you not make the most of every minute while you had it? How did you value your time? Where were your priorities? Why did you not say or do the things that really mattered?”
The lights went off a second later, Joe was gone. His 10 billion dollars could not buy him the time to do what really mattered
Why not read both my Time related posts: How to Manage your Time doing the Important Things you Love – Part 1 and How to Manage your Time doing the Important Things you Love – Part 2