Monday, January 06, 2003

The Power of One The Power of One, by Clarice L. Chambers, first published in the Dec. 5, 2000 of the School Board News. Here's an excerpt, but follow the link the get it in its entirety.
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It does not carry over a balance from day to day. Every evening, the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar, of course! Each of us has such a bank. It's name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes them off. This bank carries over no balance; it allows no overdrafts. Each day, it opens a new account for you. If you fail to invest the day's deposits in worthwhile purposes, the loss is yours. There is no going back. The clock is running. Make the most of today. To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a grade. To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of one hour, ask lovers who are waiting to reunite. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed a train. To realize the value of one second, ask someone who just avoided an accident. We all know the saying: Time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.


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