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The Greek philosopher Theophrastus once said, “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” This is one of the most powerful truths about the value of time, which is that something that cannot be held, seen, or touched is one of mankind’s most priceless treasures.
That’s also why it’s essential to: a) realize that time is important and b) make the most of every moment we have.
Time is something that we all have a finite amount of, and once a moment is gone, it’s gone forever. Here’s what you need to know why time is important and how to stop wasting it, so you can start enjoying the time you have – and your life – a lot more.
Why is time so valuable?
No matter who we are, where we live, or how old we are, all of us have at least one thing in common; each person on this planet has the same 24 hours in a day. That means that my time is just as valuable as yours, and vice versa.
But if Einstein taught us anything, it’s that time is relative. Therefore, while the extrinsic measure of time is immutable, the way we intrinsically measure and view our time is variable.
An economist might express the value of time in opportunity costs, while a worker might think of time as how much money they earn in an hour and how much food each of those hours will put on their table.
To a child, time seems to stretch on forever – the 5-minute wait for their cookies and milk is an eternity! To people sitting anxiously beside a loved one on their deathbed, the passing of time is measured by breaths and heartbeats.
So, what is the true value of time?
10 THings to know about the value of time
1. Time waits for no one
You might have heard the saying, “Time waits for no man.” In its entirety, the proverb reads: Time and tide wait for no man. This saying refers to the rise and fall of the tides, over which man has no control – just as he has no control over the passage of time.
As clichéd as the phrase might be, it nevertheless holds true.
Time doesn’t care about you or your plans and will continue to move on without you. That’s why it’s crucial for you to make the most of your time and spend it wisely because you’ll never get it back.
2. Time is the beginning and the end
Time is the most precious, non-renewal commodity anyone has. You are born with a set amount of time, and you have no way of knowing how much time you have left on this Earth at any given moment. That’s why it’s essential to make the most of your time and not take it for granted.
However, the reality is we tend to waste time on many things like binge-watching Netflix shows we know by heart or scrolling for hours on TikTok.
Try to be pickier with how you spend your time because everything begins and ends with time.
3. Time will tell the truth
Time will tell the truth is a phrase my grandmother often said when I was a child. As I grew, I found this to be a surprisingly accurate statement!
Time has a way of revealing things in the future that we might not be able to see at the moment. That’s why it’s important to be patient and trust that time will reveal the truth.
I learned that time will often tell who your true friends are. Some people will be there for you in good and bad times, and some people will only be there when things are going well.
It’s easy to spot fairweather friends like this because they’re quick to disappear as soon as you have a problem or ask for their help. You can read about that and more signs your friends might be using you in this blog post about toxic people.
4. Strong bonds are forged in time
There’s nothing like time to forge strong bonds. When friendships are true, the longer you know someone, the more you learn about them, and the deeper your connection becomes.
That’s why friendships and relationships that last for years are so special.
Next time you meet someone, don’t immediately jump in with all you have, but let time work for you. The bad ones will reveal themselves with time and the good ones will only improve.
5. Time is the greatest teacher of all
There’s no substitute for experience, and time is the greatest teacher of all. Time allows us to learn from our mistakes and grow as people.
History teaches us that be it politics, scientific theories, or relationships, time will reveal who was good or bad, right or wrong, and true or false.
One popular quote from Warren Buffet is very appropriate: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” However, the prerequisite is to have the patience to wait for the tide to retreat before you can see the truth.
6. Time heals all wounds
Time heals all wounds is another cliché phrase, but there is a good reason why we keep saying it.
Time helps us heal because it gives us both distance and perspective. The farther an incident lies in the past, the less it stings over time. With this shift in perspective, we can see our experiences in a new light and start to understand them better and grow stronger.
Time also allows us to forgive. When we’re going through tough times, it’s easy to hold onto anger and resentment. But as time goes on, we can let go – in fact, it’s important that we DO let go!
So, if you’re going through a tough time, know that it won’t last forever, and things will eventually get better. In the meantime, lean on your friends and family for support and take comfort in knowing everything will be well.
7. quality of life is also quality of time
The older you get the more you realize that the quality of your life depends on how you spend your time.
If you spend your time wisely, you can have a happier and more fulfilling life. But if you waste your time and fill it up with pursuits that you don’t find meaningful, your life will feel empty and unfulfilling.
How do you want to spend your time?
- Volunteering for causes that you believe in.
- Raising your children well and teaching them all the things you were never taught.
- Traveling the world to make unforgettable memories.
- Learning or perfecting a skill or hobby, such as knitting or speaking a new language.
- Spending less and saving more money to give yourself financial freedom (one of the principles of financial minimalism).
8. Wasting time is wasting life
You only have as much time as the heartbeats in your chest and the breaths that you take; no more and no less. Therefore, it stands to reason that life is equivalent to the time YOU have.
Therefore, don’t waste a minute longer and pursue your life’s purpose, passion, and goals. If you’re interested in hearing more about this topic, read this post with 75+ quotes and sayings about the importance of not wasting time from great minds all around the world.
9. Time is priceless
Time is priceless because it cannot be bought or owned. Just to clarify, it’s true that money can be used to delegate tasks and free up your time, but you cannot buy someone else’s time to add on to yours to prolong your own lifespan.
Now imagine, if Albert Einstein had lived twice as long, could he have completed his “Theory of Everything”? If Steve Jobs had lived ten more years, what might he have done to further revolutionize communication today?
Time to these people is absolutely priceless, more so than anything they could make or buy. One of the worst financial mistakes a person can make is to undervalue their time.
10. Time is the great equalizer
No matter who you are, how much money you have, or how high up the social ladder you might climb, we all have a finite amount of time. That is why time is the great equalizer.
There is no one yet in history who has ever conquered time; in the face of it we are all equal in our powerlessness.
I hope this blog post has helped you to think about time in a different way. It is a precious commodity, yet we often don’t treat it as such. The next time you find yourself wishing you had more time, stop and think about what you could do with the time you have. You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish.
Most things are temporary, including us humans. What we can do while alive is to make the most out of the time we’ve been given.
So, be very stingy and selective in how you spend your time. Go spend quality time with your loved ones and make unforgettable memories and experiences. Know when to go fast and when it’s time to slow down and appreciate what you have.