An Essence of Time


The most valuable commodity on earth is time.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”  ― Charles Darwin,

I was deeply influenced by Steve Job’s infamous commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 (link here).  “My third story is about death. When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past three years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer was “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

It’s easy to fall into the trap of monotony; it’s quite comfortable there. This comfort zone gives an illusion of being ‘king of the world’; it feeds the ego. That’s precisely why days look and feel the same. The idea of leaving the bubble might be scary, but taking life for granted is a terrible mistake. We are not born to just cross-off dates on the calendar; we are here to make every day count.

The ability to take risks and to open our minds to new experiences demands courage from us. Sometimes, our fear of the unknown takes over and blurs our vision. However, when we see things as a bigger picture, we take more risks. If one can see the bigger picture of life, they will not be satisfied with just doing minimal. Exploring our potential is our act of spirituality.

Waking up with the idea of making a difference. Doing one thing that will add value to someone’s life. It’s that simple; just one thing a day.