A lot of people complain about not enough quality time with loved ones. I think it’s something that you have to work for like everything else in this world. Not getting more time to do things but doing things with your time. As I started looking into time management and how to effectively use my time to ensure I do the things I wanted to do, I came across the following. I don’t know the author so I can’t credit the person who wrote it, but it made me look at time in a new light. It offered an insight that was there before my eyes but somehow I had overlooked it. Perhaps I didn’t take the time to notice it.

“Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening 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. Its 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 over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the ‘tomorrow.’ You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today. To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. (Ed. Note: In our case two weeks!) To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train or plane. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics. Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present! Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their heart to us.”

Just a thought to share with you on Valentine’s Day. We’ll let you know next issue if Jonathan’s proposal is accepted. Well, we’ll only tell if it’s good news… All my best wishes to you all and your loved ones.