Friday, February 27, 2009

Value of time

Time is getting tighter for me these days. I remembered fondly years ago, that I'll have time to walk around shopping malls and have the leisure to stand and stare. I can go jogging around 4pm, or swimming at 1pm - those are the days. Still, to get out of the rat race, this is the little sacrifice one must make to quicken the process a little.

Dream mentioned that I must take time to smell the flowers. I agree fully. If yesterday is a cancelled cheque, tomorrow is a promissory note, then today is cash on hand. While planning for the future is important, I cannot be too blind to the good things happening to me presently. One must be thankful not only for the good things that happened, but more importantly, for the bad things that never happen.

Here's something meaningful:

To realise the value of one year;
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realise the value of one month;
Ask a mother who has given birth to a prematured baby.

To realise the value of one week;
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realise the value of one hour;
Ask lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realise the value of one minute;
Ask someone who has missed a train, bus or plane.

To realise the value of one second;
Ask someone who has survivied an accident.

To realise the value of one millisecond;
Ask someone who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.


patrickho said...


short but v interesting article. Nice way of putting things into perspective. I liked the examples given...:)

patrick ho

la papillion said...

Hi patrick,

Thks :) I like the poem too, it's very meaningful :)

Createwealth8888 said...

Ask a fisherman at the beach fishing, what is the value of time? Probably, he will reply:"Relax brother, take your time".

la papillion said...

Hi bro8888,

Are fishmen very patient or very slack? haha :)

PanzerGrenadier said...


Time is what we make of it. I think a life comprising ONLY of leisure has no meaning. But a life comprising ONLY of work is too one-sided.

I am working towards financial freedom so that I can choose what is the balance between work, family and leisure.

Be well and prosper!

Anonymous said...

LP, fyi, HSBC latest rpts @ 4pm today (video clip).


Anonymous said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Sometimes, being caught in the rat race make us forget about our surroundings and the people we care dearly about.

Take time to smell the flowers, that is what we should do. By the way, that is one good poem.

Createwealth8888 said...

If you are eating out alone and in a hurry; probably, you don't need a drink; otherwise, after your meal, take your time and enjoy chatting with your friends or loved ones over a cup of coffee or tea.

You don’t have to be a miser to lead simple life

la papillion said...

Hi bro8888,

Same as my idea. I seldom order drinks when I eat alone. Drinks to me is a social event. I always bring my own water bottle filled with just plain water. I find that it quenches thirst like no other.

Perhaps it's the nature of my job lah, better take care of my voice well. Otherwise have problems working.

Lemizeraq said...

Great Post!

Liked the last part about the value of time from the different perspectives.

la papillion said...

Hi Lemizeraq,

Nice name you've got that. Sounds like Les Miserable.

I do not claim credit for the poem, it's lifted from somewhere. Very meaningful nonetheless, that I fully agree :)

Thks for visiting!