Perhaps, unlike spending money, spending time is intangible. You can’t save time in the bank or bottle it for future consumption.
Also, because it’s not material, spending time seems less costly.
Yet experience evidences that time is actually more valuable or costly than money.
Consider Henry. He is a retiring multi-millionaire corporate CEO. Several days ago, he asked me about what to do after he retires this year from a company he founded.
Admittedly he spent much of his time making money but never spent enough time to nourish and enjoy his relationship with his wife and three growing children.
Expressing his regrets, Henry lamented of the “opportunity costs” resulting from his earlier personal time investment choices. He missed spending time on what he said is more important to him.
Is Henry with a biggest bank account at the end stage of his life one of the world’s wealthiest and happiest persons?
In my counseling sessions, so many hurting people looked back in their lives with regret. They realized how much they got distracted from what truly matters to them.
Thinking about making the most of time is in fact a question about the meaning of life.
What do you truly want out of life?
How can you make your time count?
What is the right use of your time?
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).