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RABBI REUVEN STEPSKY

May 2, 2017

Thoughts for the new year.


We live in a society that constantly strives to save time. A microwave delivers your dinner in minutes, in travel - aircraft, trains or cars reach the desired destination faster, even when you use the telephone, instead of turning the dial for each number, all you need is to press a button. It is simply genius - saving us time and energy!
 
How frustrated we get when it takes a few seconds to log on to our computers and we hope and pray that Microsoft will devise a program that works even quicker.
 
I once read of a scientist who invented a watch that gives you an extra hour a day while still remaining within a 24-hour day. How's this? Instead of there being 60 seconds per minute, on this watch there was 57.6 seconds per minute. (Who would notice if each minute was 2.4 seconds shorter!) By the end of the day you gained an extra hour! Work it out, it really works. What a fantastic idea.
 
Think how much thought, energy and money is invested just to save time? Understandably so, time is one of the few truly irreplaceable "assets". A person's home can be destroyed, his business ruined, yet he can rebuild or replace these assets. Time is one of the only assets that diminishes constantly and can't be replaced, rebuilt, added to, traded or purchased.
 
"If only I had I would …" is a sentence that most of us can complete with a long list of dreams, aspirations, projects and activities. Months and years pass, and our comment is "No time…".
 
There are other people who would love to live forever … but don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
 
As we now approach the end of a year and begin a new year, maximising our time should be on the forefront of our minds.
 
Remember, the purpose of time is to serve as structure, to assist us in achieving and prioritising our life's mission. We must not become servants to it, but rather be masters of our time.

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