The value of time

by Stephen on January 29, 2013 · 53 comments

in Inspirational Stories

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.

It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do?

Draw out every cent, of course!!!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of one year,
ask a student who has failed his final exam.

To realize the value of one month,
ask the parent of a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week,
ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one day,
ask a daily wage laborer who has a large family to feed.

To realize the value of one hour,
ask lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute,
ask a person who has missed the train, the bus, or a plane.

To realize the value of one second,
ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond,
ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.

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1 Rohan Ghige January 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm

This story is very touching…
I want to make full use of my daily deposits… I will start using it for good cause.

2 Roopa January 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

It’s very true !!

3 Jacqui January 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Reminds me of how much I take time for granted, every moment of everyday is as precious as a diamond

4 Abraham January 30, 2013 at 2:05 am

Great. Thanks.

5 Marcie January 30, 2013 at 2:12 am

Time IS precious as IS life!

ThanQ 4 sharing.

6 Rashmi January 30, 2013 at 3:00 am

What an irony knowingly we waste time so conveniently.

7 Krunal Rathod January 30, 2013 at 3:03 am

So need to plan the daily deposits where to spend effectively based on the priority.

8 Farhath January 30, 2013 at 3:51 am


9 Mmalolo January 30, 2013 at 6:48 am

It’s true, time is precious.

10 Esther January 30, 2013 at 6:51 am

Nice article. Thanks a lot.

11 Aye Chan Aung January 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

Nice one:) It can make me clearly see that there is no time like the present… Thanks a million:)

12 Asheet January 31, 2013 at 12:26 am

How true…..wonderful…… I wish I had never wasted the precious time.

13 Priyanka February 1, 2013 at 5:16 am

Meaningful. Keep going 🙂 🙂 🙂

14 Pato February 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

Time is really precious let’s make use of it.

15 Mosopefoluwa February 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Time! Time! Very precious

16 Pradhikshana February 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Nice story

17 Jithin February 5, 2013 at 5:38 am


18 Nitha Dean February 6, 2013 at 12:15 am

It is very usefull for every one, while reading this article I realize the value of my unused time, unknown author I give my heartfull thanks to you.

19 Beatrice Macharia February 8, 2013 at 4:40 am

Awesome!!!!!! No wonder we keep talking of the future not knowing that every second the clock ticks it eats into that future. God help us to realize how much time we have on our hands and use it wisely.

20 Idiot February 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

Thank you. Hey I didn’t want to waste time.

21 Aditi February 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

Very nice article

22 Shiro February 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Wow I like it. Every minute is precious.

23 Komal February 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

Nice story have shared with my frnds…….

24 Lawrance February 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

This author deserves a lot of credits

25 Praseetha March 1, 2013 at 2:27 am

Really a touching story. It is very encouraging. It makes us more studious.

26 Timir Chatterjee March 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

Must read it twice or thrice, understand the garvity of the time or value of a minute, how precious to humanbeings. Excellent, it is the way of motivation.

27 Samaraya March 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

Time and tide wait for none.

28 Debaraj April 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

This is a wonderful story.

29 Amit kumar singh April 27, 2013 at 1:34 am

Very important value of time. Thanks for explaining this.

30 Rahul April 27, 2013 at 4:14 am

Very useful, so touching.

31 Mubarak A Saad April 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I really admire time.

32 Neelam June 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Ultimate story I must stay….. with deep hidden mantra of success.

33 Dr. Balnarayana August 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm

The story is truly impressive
Everybody wants to keep, but cannot
All to spend, but cannot to drop
Only the righteous persons knows
How to spend and for what to offer
If the object is not planned, result is waste
So hope today for tomorrow’s events
Instead of wasting, doing service to others
Is the perfect way of life for personal satisfaction
This pleases not only the individual but helps the needy too
Success lies in relief and concern for others

34 Fatima Afsa August 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Good story. This is really inspiring.

35 AShwini October 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks for reminding me the value of “TIME”.

36 Darshan Sojitra October 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Truly nice. Time is everything & everything is in the time.

37 Shubham Ujawane October 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Nice story.

38 Lobi G October 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

That is really true. THanks for the great eye opening.

39 Lucky October 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

True, Time is very important…

40 Nandishchetty October 31, 2013 at 1:48 am

We have to think about this valuable story.

41 Vishal November 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

The story tells us to spend every millisec with your effective way because time is very precious for us.

42 Sakthi Devi November 11, 2013 at 4:33 am

It is a really awesome story.

43 Dr. Rajan Perunna November 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

Very nice story. Thought provoking. Tks

44 Princess December 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

I loved the mortal, that time is precious and cannot be wasted. It is so true.

45 Rakesh February 6, 2014 at 9:49 am


46 Michelle June 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

True! Treasure every milliseconds of your life with your loved ones.

47 Neha Ratthor September 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

Very Nice,
Time learns to us, how to compromise with situation. We should do every work on right time. Past time never come back. so, please don’t waste the time.

48 Raymond April 20, 2015 at 5:42 am

This story is very true. Time is going fast so we have to make the most of it everytime

49 John David September 27, 2015 at 12:25 am

From this story, I learned the value of time.

50 Clark October 10, 2015 at 9:17 am

If i don’t start investing now then all will go to waste in my life

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