The Power of TIME is in your Hands

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.  

Rick Warren, the Purpose-Driven Life author


As in any significant milestones in the life of a person, Time is Essential. How important is it? Well, you can ask the athelete who missed the First Prize by just 2 seconds in the last leg of a marathon, or maybe the son who didn't make it on time to be with his father on his last breath, or how about a soldier who rejoices in every minute that he gets to be home with his family. 

Time is indeed one of the most priceless gifts that we enjoy in life. However, too often we let each day pass like any other ordinary ones. We go about our mundane life, doing the same routine every single day. Tell me, when was the last time you can remember fully what transpired during your day and you felt happy about yourself? Or just talk me through your day yesterday. Do you even remember anything special about it?

Personally, my prayer everyday is that I may fully live each day as if it was my last and I always aim to do something that will outlive me. Well, it's not like everyday is all sunny and great. I backslide too. But I strive to make the most of every time I have as much as I can. How do I do this? I adopted this 5-minute Connection sort of mini mission, if I may label that. I believe that everyone's time is precious and often you only get to hold another person's full interest or attention for a maximum of 5 minutes. And I meant to include strangers. My goal daily is to make an impact on someone within the shortest time I could borrow from them. Not to draw them to me but to send a message of love across. You can always do little things with great love. And with such gestures, almost always the other person receives the message positively. You just may not know you are saving someone's life. 

Indeed, each one of us holds the most powerful thing in the world. It's powerful because you can't buy it back. Even the richest man cannot afford to buy back a lost time. But you, you have all the power to spend it wisely. You hold your Time. Use it doing something worthwhile. Live. Laugh. Make Mistakes. Learn. Forgive. Make a Difference. LOVE! 

Here is one poem I read back in college that inspired me with my 5-minute Connection mission:

The Dash

by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

​Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis


This post is part of the A to Z April Challenge
a blog hop that goes through the alphabet
for all the days of April except Sundays.
Today's feature is T for TIME.



  1. What a great post. It is easy to get wrapped up in our own day-to-day that we don't truly live or make an impact on others. I really like your 5 Minute Connection mission.

    1. Thanks Chuck! True that. Getting by each day is one thing, it's another to make each day counts! You can adopt it too! :)


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