Tuesday, August 15, 2006

You choose how you invest your time

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
- Carl Sandberg, American poet and biographer (1878–1967)

Time is the only real treasure we have in our lives. What we do with our time makes it worthwhile or not. Time has no intrinsic value.

We can spend it complaining, worrying or being depressed over what we don't have, and working long and hard hours to get it. Or we can enjoy what we have and make the best of it each day.

We can grouse about the people we don't like, fussing over the actions they do or the things they say. Or we can enjoy the company of the people we do like and ignore the rest.

We can work to make our lives healthy. Or we can relax, indulge our whims and enjoy a life of spoon-fed intellectual pablum.

We can work to be admired while we are alive. Or we can work to be remembered long after our life has passed.

We can live lives of our own choosing, even if that means we have to create a life path from barren ground. Or we can follow the path that is taught to us by industry leaders and the social establishment.

We have no choice about the bodies we were born with, their strengths and inadequacies, their propensities for disease or their abilities to ward off or recover from the worst tragedies. We do have a choice about how we use our minds, every hour, every day.

We can believe or we can disbelieve. We can commit or we can float free. We can be drifitng sand or rock solid.

We can regret our failing bodies or we can expand our brain's great potential as we age.

We can fuss over the can'ts or rejoice in the cans.

These are choices we make every day, whether we realize it or not.

Choose wisely how you invest the coin of your life.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to make us aware of the value of the coins of our lives.
Learn more at http://billallin.com

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