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I Enjoy Guaranteed Credit Of $86,400 Every Day

by Vidya Sury July 4, 2014 19 comments
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And really, so do you, if you believe time is money.

Time is that bank which credits each one of us every single morning with 86,400 seconds.

You didn’t see that coming? Not even once?


So, each day, we get those 86,400 seconds – ours to spend as we like.

No carry overs to the next day.

If you didn’t use it well, it is all lost.


Since Time is a unique bank that keeps on giving generously, it mandates a caveat. No overdrafts. No balance carried over. You can’t put it in a safe deposit locker. You can’t lend it to someone, nor can you borrow it. And you can’t invest it. You, however, have the freedom to use it as you wish.

Everything that’s really worthwhile in life comes to us free – our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our intelligence, our love of family and friends and country. All of these priceless possessions are free – Earl Nightingale

Time is large-hearted especially because it does not differentiate over who gets how much. It impartially gifts the 86,400 seconds each day, equally to everyone, regardless of status, gender. It doesn’t matter if you’re poor or rich, rude or nice, crazy or sane, happy or sad, thin or fat.

So – would you agree that Time is as precious as money?

I think it is priceless.

Even though no one can manage time, it is possible to manage all the things that take up our time. We have a choice – we can choose to do what we want to do, what makes us happy.

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Time can be expensive, especially if we don’t use it wisely. Often, we spend most of our time focused on things that give us the least returns. We ponder on negative stuff rather than move on. We worry over things that don’t really deserve our attention. We put things off. We don’t take or make time to smell the flowers.

Luckily, you can measure Time and more than how much you’ve got, it is how much you use.

To a child, “Love” is spelled “Time”

The best part is, when we want something badly enough, we make the time for it. It is just a matter of prioritizing.

Let’s think about this: How are we managing the gift of time? Are we using it wisely on the things that matter?

Here’s what I’ve pledged to do:

  • Let go of negative thoughts
  • Slow down and enjoy every moment
  • Focus on the good, what makes me happy
  • Be grateful
  • Use Time to connect with my loved ones


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Hema July 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Reading your ‘timely’ post is a real gift this morning. I sat down with my cup of coffee and IPad, my mental to do list buzzing in my brain. Instead, after reading your post, I made myself quit thinking of what to cook/write/catch up in the coming hours and simply sit, musing on the wealth of seconds at my disposal. As I sipped my hot coffee and admired the budding hibiscus and gardenia about to burst into bloom, thanks to the heavy back to back evening showers we’ve had for two days, a new resolve was formed: enjoy a device-free time every morning while I had coffee. Thanks Vidya!

Vidya Sury July 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Hema, So happy to hear that you decided to go device-free. I know you’re going to enjoy those precious moments. Start thinking of it as your most important time of the day and don’t forget to breathe deeply. 🙂 Do you live in Bangalore? Thanks so much for coming by!

Obsessivemom July 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Now that’s the toughest thing to keep in mind. Yet how much value it can add to our lives if only we remember to spend our time wisely. Thanks for the reminder Vidya.

Jyothi Nair July 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Nope!Didn’t expect this at all! 🙂 Brillaintly put though. I agree, everything worthwhile in life is Free. 🙂
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Laurel Regan July 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Great perspective, Vidya. I appreciate this thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing.
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Shalini July 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Phenomenal! Loved the pics and quotes as usual. And I pledge the same! Thanks for sharing this, Vidya 🙂
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Jayanta Tewari July 5, 2014 at 12:52 am

They call time is precious. It really is. The credit, properly utilized, gives you more. As you have rightly pointed out, we absorb so many things from nature for free taking them for granted and without realizing the essence of them. Nature should start charging us to make us more aware. A very thoughtful post.
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Shilpa Garg July 5, 2014 at 7:09 am

Inspiring! Yes, time is valuable and we must use it wisely!
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Suzy July 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

Nice post Vidya – true that we should slow down and savour life and spend time wisely – in the things that give us great returns – and I’m not talking about money 🙂
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Usha Menon July 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Very thoughtful inspiring and stimulating post. Time is precious. We must not waste it.
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Francene Stanley July 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm

You’re so right. Thank you for bringing time into perspective for me. I want to live each moment as if it’s my last. Because–you never know when your time is up.
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Lily leung July 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I didn’t see it coming ! Good points.
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Tina July 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I should look into the timely perspective and give some more time to my near and dear ones than at work!!
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Roshan R July 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

Damn.. the moment I saw your title, I was already planning in my mind what excuses to make up to ask you for a loan! 😀

But a nice train of thought definitely… something worth considering and emulating.
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Proactive Indian July 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

We must keep reminding ourselves that time is precious and non-renewable. You did it in style!
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Jeff Simmons July 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

Very inspiring and motivating. Great thoughts Vidya.

Vidya Sury July 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

Thank you, Jeff!

Sreeja Praveen July 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Slowing down and smelling the flowers is the best thing ! ( I always wonder why is it that we don’t seem to have time for the best things in life. It is like, when the jasmine is in full bloom, we hardly ever notice it. But we always feel the stench from garbage, don’t we ? Especially when we don’t need it at all 🙂 )
Time is a gift, isn’t it ?
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Vidya Sury July 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

It is, Sreeja, Time is a gift. And so perceptive of you to mention that example. Just like people veer towards gossip rather than listen to someone being praised. 😀


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