Yes, time! It’s so boring to talk about it. We may find every other person preaching about the importance of time to us. But still neither ‘we’ nor ‘the person’ talking about time stick to it. We often take time for granted. So here are some great lines that most of us must have come across:-
“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 DAY,
Ask the person who was born on February 29th.
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.”
I find these lines quite true and precious. These lines prick our conscience at least once. But similar to this, there are innumerous quotes on the ‘importance of time’ and we find it fascinating to read, post, feel, and recite them but we are often too reluctant to realize their importance until and unless we face a similar situation. Yes, we do not realize the importance of something until we have lost it.
So are we here to waste our time and let it teach us a lesson that will help us be on the right track and focus on our goals? It is far better to realize that ‘prevention is better than cure‘. Because the wound given by time is not easy to cure.
Time is the greatest paradox. It is said that time is the best healer and indeed a great ruiner. It just depends on the situation we are going through. And yes it also depends on how we are using it. Those who respect it, it’s good to them and it’s the biggest evil to those who take it for granted. Remember the hare and tortoise story and it’s moral “Slow and steady wins the race”.
Is this moral always applicable? How foolish will it sound when you scream towards Usain Bolt in a 100m race, “Bolt!!! No need for being so fast because slow and steady wins the race?” He will lose if he takes time. And so did the hare. The hare was destined to win the race if he hadn’t thought that he had a lot of time left to complete the race. So there are times when slow and steady does not win the race but fast and furious does. The key is time.
Today’s teenagers are suffering from a disease. They have an urge to watch their phones for 2 minutes but end up wasting 2 hours on it. Many maybe even all of them will laugh when they hear of this disease but then they will cry, once this time is gone. And often the expectation is “Apna Time Aayega” (Our Time Will Come) until a hard truth slaps us and says “Beta, apna time aata nahi hai, apna time laana padta hai (We have to take charge to ensure our good time comes around) by not procrastinating but by utilization of work and time respectively.
We often say that we have a lot of time and this reminds me of the very first lesson of a story from my Class 12 English book – “The last lesson“. In this, the author gently highlights the importance of time. It’s when the Germans imposed their language on French and the French were left repenting for not learning their language on time and being overruled by the Germans. It’s just one of those examples where we say that Time left us on great remorse.
We all have only 24 hours in a day. And within these 24 hours, someone has become Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos and someone has just been a mere person who knows about such great personalities. And the ugly truth is that a large proportion of the world forms the latter. And people will give n number of reasons and excuses for not being like them.
But the difference between them and us is the proper utilization of time. Don’t let time control you, clench the time in your fist. The greatest enemy of time is procrastination. Once we overcome it, we are safe from the threat of time. A simple way is to start procrastinating your laziness not your work.
There are many other factors responsible for achieving our dreams and goals. Some of them are hard work, smart work, perseverance, dedication, sacrifices, diligence, devotion but the greatest of all is the proper utilization of time and its management. You may have completed all the necessities for the goal but if at the last moment you weren’t punctual, all your hard work goes to trash. So, it’s better to stop wasting this precious thing and start utilizing it to be the best among the rest.