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Jack was at work when the phone rang. It was his Mom calling. When he answered it, she informed him that their neighbor, Mr. Belser had passed away the night before and that the funeral would be on Wednesday. Jack recalled memories of his childhood days spent with Mr.Belser, going down memory lane, when his Mom’s voice brought him back to the present. He told her he had assumed Mr.Belser had passed on years ago, considered it had been a while since he’d thought of him. His Mom informed him that Mr.Belser hadn’t forgotten him. Every time they met, he inquired after Jack and reminisced over the time they had spent together.  She went on to tell Jack that even after his father had passed away, Mr.Belser had made sure he was around so Jack had a “man’s influence” in his life. Jack recalled how Mr.Belser had taught him carpentry…

It was their twenty-first wedding anniversary. His wife suggested that he take another woman out for dinner and a movie.  As his expression turned to shocked surprise, she continued, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.” The other woman she wanted him to visit was his mother, who lived alone after his dad had passed away nineteen years ago. Because of his work and his three children it was possible to visit her only occasionally. That night he called to invite her for dinner and a movie. Intrigued, “What’s wrong, is everything okay?” she asked, assuming that any late night call or unexpected invitation could only mean one thing: bad news. “I just thought it would be pleasant to spend some time together,” he responded. “Just the two of us.” After a moment’s thought, she said, “I…

To be a parent in 2016 is no easy feat in today’s fast-paced, competitive environment. But then, with the help of technology — smartphones and other gadgets — everything is just a click away! Simple, quick, and efficient. Don’t you agree? I would be the first to agree that technology is a blessing in disguise for parents. But is it for the same for a child? I did not grow up with technology. In fact, the first time I used a computer was in 1996 and then, all it had was dBase, a spreadsheet program where I could maintain client contact databases. I “met” the internet only in and even then, it was just email and a couple of instant messaging programs. Nothing like what we experience today! With one desktop computer at home, naturally, my son was fascinated with all things digital and of course, he understood and figured…

Yes, work is important, especially if it brings home the bread and butter. Everything else is a bonus. The super-rich will claim that money is not important. Naturally, as they have lots of it, know the best place to buy gold & silver bullion to invest into, so they can always have more from where it came from. Most of us have to work hard to feed ourselves, our families and those we support. But then, work is not the most important thing. What is more important is family, friends and those we interact with. And investing our time in these relationships. So the next time you see yourself freaking out over a meeting that is coming up, or a work emergency that never ends, pause to think. What message are you sending? Ponder. Think about what truly matters and make it a point to invest your time lovingly in those…

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? Good. 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. Time 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…

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