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Time is free

You can’t own it, but you can use it

You can’t keep it, but you can spend it

Once you lose it, you can never get it back

(Harvey MacKay; US author and businessman)


Time can be our friend, but it is also a great thief. So often we think we have all the time in the world but then we look back and see our life slipping away from us, the older generation gradually disappearing and before we know it, we are the older generation! This is a scary prospect and of course when we are in our first two decades, our life stretches ahead of us with no limit and we have the illusion of time being infinite. Unfortunately it is not and it is often once we are into our more mature years that we realise time is limited and we need to make the most of it while we still can.


There is a famous quote from George Bernard Shaw “youth is wasted on the young ” and how true this seems when you see all that energy but so little wisdom.

One of my favourite songs is “Father and Son” sung by Cat Stevens aka Yusuf , which really sums up the way a father might look as his son and see wasted years.

“Look at me

I am old, but I’m happy

I was once like you are now

And I know that it’s not easy

To be calm

When you’ve found something going on.

But take your time, think a lot,

Why think of everything you’ve go

For you will still be here tomorrow

But your dreams may not.”


Wise words and we should be reminded that time is slipping away. Make the best of what you have, use your time wisely and don’t waste it letting life just pass you by,

Live the life you really want. You only have one life, live your best.



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