Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Lord Chesterfield
I often wondered where this quote came from. I don't know who Lord Chesterfield was, but I will find out later, but he was very wise. Time is a privilege. We never know how much...or how little...of it we have left. Only our Creator knows the day and the hour of our death.
I heard it once said to not kill or waste time because once that time is wasted or killed, you cannot get it back to revive it or use it wisely for another purpose.
I also remember Robin Williams' character in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY say, "Carpe Diem (sp)" which means SEIZE THE DAY! Do now what you would like to do tomorrow for you may not have tomorrow to seize!
Life is short enough. When Fall approaches, we look around and wonder where the long hot days of summer went. When Christmas comes and goes, we wonder where the stressful days that lead up to it went. We are always looking back wondering where time went. Maybe it's time to look forward or even stay in the now. Looking back, we are wasting valuable time. And looking back, for some people, could hurt.
No, look forward! Turn your eyes to your goal...whatever or whomever that may be. Keeping your eyes focussed on the goal will allow you to enjoy every moment of every day and cause to you seize every moment so that it is not lost.
Yes, sometimes it is good to look back...to see how far we have come. But that is a rare thing. Look forward to wehre your future lies and look to today, this very moment and seize it for what you want to do. If you snooze you lose.
There are many quotes on time that I can think of off hand, I just don't know the authors of them all:
Waste not want not...even with time.
You cannot take back what you have given away.
If you snooze you lose.
Seize the Day
Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow.
For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. ~Author Unknown
Time flies when you're having fun.
"Time nor tide wait for no man/woman"
"Lost time is never found again"
Benjamin Franklin Ibid 1743
Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.
Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD)
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)