Time Is Money… Or Is It?
Time is money might be one of the first proverbs that we learn in childhood. It became popular when Benjamin Franklin used it in an essay titled Advice to a Young Tradesman. It is great advice for those struggling to win the daily bread but others might benefit from reevaluating this seemingly axiomatic proverb.
Not only does equating time and money devalue time, but it places far too much importance on money. Although we know that time is the most valuable thing in life, we keep trading it for money, at times even unwillingly. We accept long commutes, longer working hours, customer escalations on weekends and such as a part of life. As we feel burnt out, unwinding becomes a legitimate reason for TV series marathons, consuming social media chatter or just lazing our way through the rest of the weekend. Though some of these things are inevitable, even necessary at times, there is no reason for them to be the norm.
We spend a lot of effort to save some money. Deal sites, sales and reading reviews to get maximum value assume paramount importance. No denying that saving money to put it to a better use is a great thing, but how often do we do the same with our time? By investing in stocks, finding the best interest rates, buying property at the right time we try to grow or create money. When was the last time we thought of investing in and creating time?
What does it even mean to save and create time? Organizing our routine is one literal way of gaining some free time but how it is used determines whether we have actually created or lost time. Fortunately it is as simple as doing things that we genuinely love. We all have experienced losing track of time when we are fully immersed in doing something we love. Try remembering any such activity and I’m sure you will be able to recall it in great detail and be able to almost relive the entire experience. This is where we earn time.
If time were money, then memories would be its currency.
Apart from spending time with the people we love, what better way to create great memories than by doing things that make us the happiest? Things that will fill us with joy today and cherished remembrance tomorrow! So let’s not give up on things we love; let’s make time for them and nurture them. Let’s stop spending time and start investing in it. Wouldn’t being wealthy in time be much more satisfying than being rich only in money?
As far as words of wisdom go, I would not mind living by these beautiful lines from the Eagles’ song Take it to the limit:
You can spend all your time making money.
You can spend all your love making time.
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