This whole week was battalion leave. Yes, it was one of those moments that I really cherish! I miss this lifestyle, a civilian lifestyle. It’s one of those days where I just sit back and relax, enjoy the moment as it passes, catching up with close friends, that’s just so awesome! But now as I am packing and preparing to return back to camp, it just feels like DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY. Where I once swore a pledge to dedicate my life to Singapore, pledged allegiance to the president and country, LOYALTY to COUNTRY.
This week got me thinking. Time is just too short. 24 hours a day, it passes so fast and before we know it, another day gone by. Too bad, that’s the world we live in.
Life’s all about moments of impact and how they changes our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them?
The thing is, we are all too busy daily with work, with this and with that, at the end of the day, how much time do we actually have for ourselves, our families, our friends? We all ask for more time, we want to buy more time, but could you give yourself more time instead?
Let me share with you a story.
With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work, ”Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said,
“Look, son, not even your mother knows that. Don’t bother me now, I’m tired.”
“But Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour, ” the boy insisted.
The father, finally giving up, replied: “Twenty dollars per hour.”
“Okay, Daddy! Could you loan me ten dollars?” the boy asked.
Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled, “So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don’t bother me anymore!”
It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty? Maybe he thought, his son wanted to buy something.
Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son’s room.
“Are you asleep, son?” asked the father.
“No, Daddy. Why?” replied the boy, partially asleep.
“Here’s the money you asked for earlier,” the father said.
“Thanks, Daddy!” rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money. “Now I have enough!! Now I have twenty dollars!” the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son had just said.
“Daddy, could you sell me one hour of your time?”
Time is too precious to spend it all on work!
Appreciate your love ones and don’t take them for granted.
Think about it. That’s what we are doing to ourselves everyday. We are constantly engrossed with work and soon ignoring the closest people around us.
Question, how long do we really have before we meet our creator?
I don’t know, nobody knows this, only God knows.
That’s exactly my point. What if there’s no tomorrow? You spent all your time on something, somewhere, when you could
1. Be with your family 2. Buy your family dinner 3. Make a new friend 4. Fall in love 5. Get married 6. Play with your children 7. Grow old with your spouse, and so on…
Life is this short. Time is this short. But today, you could maximize your time NOT by buying time, but giving it away. Could you give time to your family, love ones, your friends, etc?
They say, money makes the world go round. I am not saying money isn’t important, I am not saying it’s not true, but could there be a balance? See, life is like an equation, sometimes it adds up, sometimes it doesn’t, but at the end, it creates a balance. That’s why YOU got to start today! To build a better future, a better career, a better relationship, YOU GOT TO GIVE TIME so you could GAIN MORE.
Don’t deprive yourself of that!
As I am serving the nation, there is so much I want to do, because I realized through the hardships, pain that all Singaporean sons go through, that 24 hours that we call a day is just not enough. While serving the nation is my responsibility, every guy wants a girl beside him, to BE THERE for him, as he fights to defend this country.
So ladies and gentlemen, if you aren’t loving what you do, STOP.
Think about it.