Live one day at a time

Live one day at a time

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Time is a very precious commodity. It is supplied to us on a daily basis to utilize it to the fullest. This supply is constant throughout our life, from the day we are born to the day we die.  We will never receive a second more or a second less on any given day, irrespective of whether we are old or young, rich or poor, sick or healthy, male or female, believers or atheists, genius or idiot. The allocation of time is equal to everyone in this universe.

How well we utilise it, and make the most of it to suit our needs and content, depends on how carefully we plan to live within the budget of twenty-four hours, like we learn to live within the budget of our funds by covering all proper items of income and expenditure.  Time = Life, therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life, says Alan Lakein.

Arnold Bennet, in his book ‘How to Live on Twenty Four Hours a Day’ says, you wake up in the morning, and lo! Your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours, which is yours – the most precious of possessions, which no one can take or steal from you and no one, receives either more or less than you receive. Time is such a commodity that, even if we waste it, the supply will never be withheld from us. We cannot waste tomorrow because it is kept for us in abeyance for the next day. Most importantly, we cannot draw time from the future or get into debt.

Therefore, if we can budget these twenty-four hours of our daily time spending on healthcare, pleasure, content, leisure, respect and spiritual activities for our soul, then happiness – the ultimate and most sought after treasure, will not elude us.

The song titled ‘One day at a time’ by Kris Kristofferson prays for “One day at a time sweet Jesus, That’s all I’m asking of you, I’m only Human, Just give me the strength, To do every day what I have to do, Yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow may never be mine, Lord help me today, show me the way and teach me to take, one day at a time”.