Lilly of the Valley are among my favorite flowers. I remember the patch of Lilly of the Valley that my mom grew outside the kitchen window. Fragrant and delicate, their bell-like flowers pop out in early May in the northeast. By the end of May, the flowers are gone. Just a narrow window of time exists within which we can enjoy these beautiful flowers. Looking at these flowers, I am again reminded of the value, and fleeting nature, of time.
Time is one of the few things we can never get back. You can repair relationships. You can recover things that are lost. You can find your way to good places, physically and emotionally. But you cannot stop time, nor can you recover time. No amount of money can bring time back. Nothing of value can be bartered to regain time. For these reasons, time is the most valuable asset you have.
Think about the statements you’ve heard that in some way relate to time. In this moment, a few come to mind:
Likely because of its value, quotes that relate to time can be found in many literary works. Here are a few gems:
Just recently, I heard a story about a very successful person who said the following to a colleague: “If we arrive early to the meeting, I will not be unhappy. If we arrive one minute late, I will never forgive you.” Clearly, that person valued time. Value your time the same way. Be prompt. Schedule your day accordingly. If you run late often (I have been known to chronically run 5 minutes behind), try to change this practice. Show others that you value your time and theirs. If someone does not value your time, reevaluate the contribution you receive from that person and act accordingly.
Remember…time won’t wait.