August 3

Motivation Mondays: TIME

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“Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.” William Shakespeare

Motivation Mondays: TIME - Collage
Motivation Mondays: TIME – Collage

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Lost – yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever. Horace Mann

What does TIME mean to you?  In some cultures, being prompt is not the focus but being PRESENT when you show up is… We’ve entered the 8th month of the year; are you where you imagined yourself to be? Time is an equal opportunity teacher, it waits for no man and, whether we like it or not, it marches on, taking us along with it.   All of us have heard the exhortation to use/manage our time well and to spend it on the things that truly matter. But, do we?  Once lost, it can’t be regained so, time is truly one of our greatest motivators. Every day, we are reminded, in small ways and large, that Tempus Fujit and we must make hay while the sun shines and spend our time well; ideally, in the company of those who wish the best for us. When we spend time with people who negate us and condemn our efforts, they are stealing our precious time and throwing it in the garbage. Is that what we wish for ourselves? Why do we stay there? Contemplate this.
The great philosopher, Theophrastus, once said that “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” I won’t argue with that, would you? How and with whom do you spend your time? If we make a concerted effort to see each moment of time as an invaluable gift that demands our attention NOW, how well will we use it? Take stock and contemplate how much time is frittered away on things that don’t serve us or that undermine us. Are you spending your time gossiping, condemning and procrastinating?  Are you surrounded by toxic, envious people? Why do you stay? When will you start focusing on your heart’s dream? On your cherished goals? Did you know that time spent in toxicity is draining and enervating?  Whenever we expend energy in a negative or positive way, more of same is returned to us and that energy can uplift us or scatter us. Human time on earth is finite; we must use it judiciously because I believe that most of us want to leave this earth with a spirit of contentment. Where do you spend your time? Time is more precious than pearls and other trinkets… Why throw it away by keeping company with swine? No matter how hard we try, we can’t escape the call of time and so, with each breath we take, with every action we perform, we must remember that the horseman from Samarra is always around the corner.
A Story: The Appointment in Samarra by W. Somerset Maugham
Death Speaks:
There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and, in a little while, the servant came back, white and trembling, and said: “Master, just now when I was in the marketplace, I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned, I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there, Death will not find me.”
The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop, he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd, and he came to me and said: “Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?”
“That was not a threatening gesture,” I said, “it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.” Tempus Fujit! Via Good Web & Wikipedia

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Steve Jobs

Motivation Mondays: TIME - Thomas Cole : Voyage of Life from Childhood to Old AgeMotivation Mondays: TIME - Thomas Cole : Voyage of Life from Childhood to Old Age
Motivation Mondays: TIME – Thomas Cole : Voyage of Life from Childhood to Old Age

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.William Shakespeare

What do you cherish most? We all know that money can’t buy us time and yet, we labor on, dreaming and earning, sharing or conniving to achieve XYZ. All of us are motivated by our responsibilities, our desires, and our goals, and we work at them daily.  While there is nothing wrong with that at all, we must be attentive to how much of our time is spent in the pursuit of “things.” Things have their place in our lives but, they can’t replace good conversations with family and friends, a hug, a kiss or a sincere smile shared with loved ones.  If we forfeit time spent with our family, we will come to the end of life wondering where it all went and wondering if we used our time well.
For what is all this work worth? When was the last time you called a close friend to shoot the breeze and enjoy a good laugh? When was the last time you sat down and did nothing? We need rest and relaxation time as well as time for work, and we must force ourselves to take that R & R time: Instead of making excuses, we must motivate ourselves to create some semblance of balance in our lives. Is it easy? Of course not, but, we must make the time! Remember that human time is finite and, every moment we spend doing things that don’t satisfy our spirit, becomes a moment of time wasted.

The Importance of Time (a touching short story by Bob Perks: )
A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future and nothing could stop him.
Over the phone his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.”
Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.
“Jack, did you hear me?”
“Oh sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.
“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.
“I loved that old house he lived in.” Jack said.
“You know, Jack, after your Father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.
“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said, “I wouldn’t be in this business if it wasn’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important. Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.
As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own and most of his relatives had passed away.
The night before he had to return home Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.
Standing in the doorway Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture … Jack stopped suddenly.(Contd below)

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for July and August are:
07/06 – FREEDOM
07/13 – WORRY
07/20 – WEALTH
07/27 – GRACE

08/03 – TIME
08/10 – CONTROL
08/17 – PURPOSE
08/24 – FAILURE
08/31 – HOPE

More Below!

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” Bil Keane

Motivation Mondays: TIME - Thomas Cole : Voyage of Life from Childhood to Old Age & N. Poussin: Dance to Music of Time
Motivation Mondays: TIME – Thomas Cole : Voyage of Life from Childhood to Old Age & N. Poussin: Dance to Music of Time

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. Marcus Aurelius

How do YOU spend your personal time? If we didn’t have commitments to family, jobs, blogs, and heaven knows what, what would we do with our time? I belong to a number of online communities and while some of them are uplifting/supportive/satisfying, some are not. I am attentive to the time I spend in them and know where appreciation reigns and where it is reined in. We must be fiercely protective of our time and make every effort to spend it with those who encourage and energize us. Doing anything less is destructive and a waste of time.  Some might think it’s just another cheery saying when they hear the phrase: Spend your time with people who support and encourage you to be the best. But it holds great wisdom.We become the company we keep!
Why is where we spend our time important?  It is very important because good company elevates us and negative company enervates us.  When you are in good company, you feel inspired to strive, to be better, and to wish same on those around you. The positive energy is palpable and you feel good when you visit. When the reverse is the case, you feel a tightening in your stomach when you visit and the spirit feels violated. Pay attention, be attentive to those inner promptings and minimize  your time in that space. Your success lies elsewhere and there is no need to fight at changing those who don’t wish the best for you … Move on!  Time, as we see from the Servant in Samarra and Bob Perk’s story is of essence and if we trivialize its importance, we will live to regret it. Be careful where you spend your time! How are you planning to manage/use your time?  I’d love to know… The story continues below.
The Importance of Time (a touching short story by Bob Perks: ) Contd
“What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.
“The box is gone,” he said.
“What box?” Mom asked.
“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was, ‘The thing I value most’,” Jack said.
It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.
“Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said, “I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”
It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read.
Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The package was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.
“Mr. Harold Belser” it read.
Jack took the package out to his car and ripped it open. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.
“Upon my death please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I value most in my life”. A small key was taped to the letter. His heart raced as tears filled his eyes. Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.
Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:
“Jack, Thanks for your time! – Harold Belser.”
“The thing he valued most…was…my time.”
Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. “Why?” Janet, his assistant, asked. “I need some time to spend with my son,” he said. “Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time”. © Bob Perks

Positive Motivation Tip:  Be mindful how and where you spend your time… Time lost in the company of toxicity cannot be recouped.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Zen Stories via Read.Goodweb,  All Photos: Time,   Time in Art, Sundial, HourglassSchnell flieht, Tempus Fujit, Salvador Dali Profile of Time, Nicholas Poussin – Dance To The Music Of Time, Thomas Cole – The Voyage of Life Series: Childhood, Youth, Manhood, Old Age, The Present, via Wikipedia and Others from my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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  • Time is definitely something that I wish I had more of. And it seems the older I get, the faster it goes by.

  • I cherish my family more than anything else in life. I definitely don’t put money near the top of my list. However, I have to admit I spend a great deal of my time working for the money — it makes life easier.

  • Time is something I need to manage better. Deciding where to spend my time and giving more of my time to things that truly matter. I love spending my free personal time with my husband, just relaxing in the evenings!

  • Time is very precious. I don’t think we realize how precious until we see how little time our parents have with us and then we wish we had more time with them.

  • Time is something I never feel I have enough of. I really need to work on making time to slow down and relax. Enjoy my surroundings.

  • Time is certainly very short especially if you have a lot of things to attend to at the moment. But it is something which we can manage and within our control.

  • I wish I had more time to enjoy personal time. I really have very little time to myself.

  • I just received the news a close friend from childhood passed away today, she suffered from cancer for 10 years. I am sharing this because time sometimes is so relative yet passes so fast.

  • Time often equates to money unfortunately depending on the situation.
    Time ticks by each day as we are given a new opportunity to change the world around us. I’m thankful for each new day.

  • Time is something I wish I had more of, especially now that my son seems to be growing up far too fast into toddler-hood!

  • They say time flies and I have to agree. It does. My kids are growing so quickly. It seems like yesterday I pushed my sweet twins out and now they are two. My son..going into gr.2 and I just want to keep them home, hold them and say “Stop growing so fast!”. Appreciate every day. We are never guaranteed tomorrow.

  • The biggest thing I have been thinking time wise is that school will be around the corner in just a few weeks. I’m trying to set up a good routine for now when life isn’t as hectic so I can hold on to that later 🙂

  • Time is a gift. Each day is a gift and I spend my life as much as I can living in a way that will respect this. 🙂

  • Time is such a funny thing. When you want it to go fast, it won’t, but when you want it to slow down, it seems to speed up.

  • Time is very valuable! We should find the ways to make the most of the time we have. One of my favorite quotes states: “While one can make money with time, no one can buy time with money.”

  • It’s always a great thing to try and be more motivated. Like most, I wish I had more time to do the things that matter! 🙂

  • I was just thinking about how strange time is. That the periods we enjoy seem to be over in the blink of an eye, and the portions we don’t seem to stretch on endlessly. But luckily, in the end, it’s usually the good things that stay with us, and so many of the little silly things that bother us end up forgotten!

  • Time is really important in any aspect. Everything else seems to be put to waste if you don’t have enough time. Your photos are really great as always. Where do you get it ms. Elizabeth?

    • Yvonne, if you read the credits at the bottom of my page, I share that they are public domain photos I get through Wikipedia. I also add my own photos to the mix but that is my main source. TY for asking.

  • Time is so important! Not more then our health,but I think it plays a really important part of our mood in every day life.

  • On a day where it seemed like there just wasn’t enough time, this post really put everything into perspective. Thank you!

  • It’s kind of funny that you chose to write about what time really means. My husband is always telling me just how relative time is.

  • I have wasted 3 yrs in my college, not being a diligent student back then when college is only 4 years and it took me 7 yrs to graduate. Changing school and degree is a waste of time but its all ok now. Past is past and no regrets now

  • Time is so important and valuable because when it is passed, you cannot get it back anymore. Time wasted is time lost. People complain they don’t have time, but it is just that they do not manage time well enough. – Fred

  • No doubt one of the most powerful things in life. It just reminds us that what we do right now in the present is the most important thing! 😀

  • Time is most definitely something I wish I could walk backwards in….So many things I needed to do…

  • For everyone of us, time has been the forerunner of our way of living. it’s for us to manage and live with it for happiness and an enjoyable life. Fernando Lachica

  • A great article to read about time. What does it really mean, there are so many different meaning or the way you understand what time.

  • That story made me a bit teary-eyed. 🙁 But, yeah, now that I’m a mom myself, I cherish time spent with family, and the time I have for other things. That’s why when I do go to meet up with friends, I make sure that I get there on time so we can maximize whatever amount of time I have to catch up with them and reconnect.

  • lovely choice of paintings! I can stare at them for hours, no kidding! time is indeed the most valuable thing we can spend. at times, I really wish it could be turned back.

  • Time spent together definitely makes a good memory and a strong foundation for kids. Only thing we remember when we grow up is the time we have spent together as a family and not the money.

  • Honestly, time for me are my children, that sometimes I forget the TIME for myself. It is really very hard, especially for us single mother to manage time for ourselves. I still need determination and more motivation.

  • You’re so right. I have to seize every moment. I am a major procrastinator because I work really well under pressure but I do understand how much better my life could be if I didn’t.

  • Time is precious! And that quote from Steve Jobs… yes indeed that was a man with so much more to give, who ran out of time. Treasure it!

  • Time is really gold because you can never take it back so you have to use it wisely. Enjoy every minute of life while you still have time.

  • Time is a precious commodity that most of us are always chasing after. I think we spend too much time running around in the proverbial rat race.

  • Prioritizing your task and allotting certain time is extremely important in life as I believe time is money =)

  • Time always goes opposite of how we want it to be. It moves so slow when we are bored and lacking activities. It moves so fast when we are busy and catching a deadline.

  • What a great way to start off the week! My family is what is most precious to me. I try spending as much time with them as I can

  • Time is all too fleeting, as my daughter grows up….I feel like it goes faster and faster!

  • Time is something that can be our best friend or worst enemy. We should be managing it instead of chasing it.

  • Time is precious that’s why I chose to be at home with my kids rather than working while they are on the stage where they need my care.

  • Time is free, but it’s priceless. you can’t own it, but you can use it. you can keep it, but you can spend it. once you’ve lost it you can never get it back! thanks for sharing this i really appreciated!

  • Beautiful post and imagery! Time is so fleeting. That’s why I’m adamant about making the best of it.

  • I was wondering why you have to break the story up and only to complete it later on… when I finish it, I understood… thanks for giving me the time… to read this.

  • Time is all we really have until it is gone and it’s the one thing we can’t buy more of.

  • Time seems to fly by faster and faster with each passing year!! I try to take the “time” to slow down and appreciate it, but it isn’t always easy…

  • How are you able to come up with this beautiful post, so full of ideas and inspiration. I am amazed. wow.

    • I have a system that works for me now; I plan my posts ahead of time and spend time thinking and meditating on the topics. Some are easier than others to write but, they all come together in ways that I often never expect… I feel blessed to explore a new topic each week and I thank God for the grace that comes with it… Thank you for asking.

  • I can’t believe it’s already August! I’ve been trying to get better about being more present and enjoying the time I have with my family.

  • I hardly have time for myself. I should really make time for myself and really enjoy it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • i really agree time is really precious that we should use it wisely because time doesn’t wait your post

  • Time and tide wait for none 🙂 Awesome posts like this always keep me thinking. Thank you very much for sharing such rich content.

  • Time flies, sometimes I wish it will stop but it will never happen. Anyway, I began to value time and cherish all the moments in my life.

  • People don’t say “Thanks for your time” enough. We should – to show how much we value people’s time. It’s just sad that there are so many things that are out of our control – getting documents from the government, for example, takes so much time. Sometimes it’s so frustrating.

  • Maximize each moment for productive things, that’s how one can cope up with time.

  • I am so concern about time just like how Japanese treat it. Being punctual is something one should learn for time is that just so precious.

  • Time is so precious and that we need to spend it to the people whom we love and cherish the most.

  • That’s an awesome quote from William Shakespeare. The pictures you have shared are so beautiful & unique like you always do. I agree Time management is so important as we never understand how precious it is.

  • I cherish every moment I spend with my hu-sband and kids. I wish I still have time to see and talk to my Dad though./

  • Time is something that we all wish we could get back, Enjoy every second you get because you will never get it back! Great post.

  • Love your post! Nice pictures too 🙂 Time is Gold for me… Because in college life, I hardly have time to relex >.<

  • The Importance Of Time was a touching story. Indeed time is very precious since it can be given away, but cannot be taken back. It is a most favored currency of love.

  • Time passes so quickly and we tend to neglect things that are important to us.

    That is why if I can work at home to stay with my family, I will. If it is already payday, I always treat them. If they want something, I do my best to give it to them. (Take note: I’m still single. hihi)

    Time is the greatest enemy of the living.You will never know when your time will come. So live as if it is your last.

  • I always believe that Time is too precious to waste so make sure to spend it wisely.

  • Time most certainly shouldn’t be wasted. I love the pieces of art you chose.

  • For me “time is so precious” i have to make most of it because I cannot turn back the time

  • Thank you for this reminder! Very timely. 🙂

    “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

  • How I wish I had enough time for vacation. LOL.
    I think we really need to treasure time not only ours but for others too.

  • “Time is one of the greatest motivators”, well, I have to refute it. Time functions as a determiner of one’s life, action, and activity. It tells when and the extent of one’s life existence.

  • Those paintings are scene stealers, they’re wonderful! Time is definitely something I need to learn how to manage. I tend to spread myself too thin by juggling several things at once. Sometimes I forget that we also need to “stop and smell the flowers.”

  • Time is very important to me. I don’t want wasted time so I see to it that I do have quality time with whatever I am doing. Also, I always wish I have more time in a day so I can get to do all the things I should do and can spend more time with the family and have enough rest too.

  • I have the today is a present quote at my desk at work. Very motivational.

  • Now, I just realized it is already the 8th month of the year! Time flies so fast! Now I have to make the most of 2015.

  • in a place as busy as ny we think we never have enough time but it’s important to take it for the little things in life that are ultimately more meaningful than work

  • Time is precious and should be spent wisely. Do things with your family and make every moment and unforgettable one.

  • Again such a great article. Time is Gold! In my case I need to have time management because lately I forget to give time for myself.

  • Time is gold. It’s something that you cannot take back so you have to use it wisely.

  • Time flies fast. Before we knew it it’s already too late. So let’s use our time wisely and spend more time with the ones we love. 🙂

  • Time is so precious that we need to spend to the people who we loved the most.

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