The Bank

I recently came across this and hope you all enjoy it as much as I do…

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 the bank 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.

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.

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 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.

13 comments on “The Bank

  1. I have to share this on fb, especially since some most time is wasted there. Blessings!

  2. LuAnn says:

    Great post and a wonderful reminder.

  3. quirkybooks says:

    Fantastic post, really inspirational. I have shared a copy of it to my page.

  4. quirkybooks says:

    Sorry should read I shared it on my page. I am so used to using the dot for WordPress that I got trigger happy with pressing the keyboard keys.

  5. I once taught “Time Management”–to college students, professors, business professionals. Later, I became a yoga teacher and learned how to live in the “present moment”–which, BTW can include planing for the future ( conundrum). Now I’m on the “downhill side of my mountain,” acutely aware of time, and am making tough choices on how to use what I have left. Good post!–especially for those who are on the uphill side….

  6. Nahed Omer says:

    That is great article.It teaches us the value of time.

    “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

    Thank u for sharing it with us.

  7. petit4chocolatier says:


  8. erinkelly17 says:

    Thank you for this reminder. A lovely little jolt to get me back on track.

  9. cherylfoston says:

    Nice post! Thanks for reading my blog! I enjoy yours as well. 🙂

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