Thursday, February 28, 2013

Freemason Wisdom: Benjamin Franklin On Time


"Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of."

~Benjamin Franklin

When we're very young, a summer vacation seemed like it lasted forever.  But as we get older, it seems like time moves more quickly, the seasons coming and going in a blur.  Before we know it, middle age is upon us, and old age is creeping right around the corner.  We begin to understand the value of time, and notice just how badly we spend it.  Those unfilled dreams of youth again come to our mind, and we begin to ask ourselves when we're going to get around to them, if ever.  It's always about time.  We're too busy to chase dreams, and live our lives. 

But are we too busy?  Ask yourself a question.  How are you spending your time?  Are you spending it wisely or are you squandering it on meaningless pursuits?  Are you spending your time on the things that are going to matter most to you when your reach the end of your journey or are you going to leave this world disappointed you weren't able to do more?  Old Ben Franklin understood life, and he was keenly aware of his own weaknesses.  He began each day with a catechism of his own design:  "I hold within me the power to do things differently today than I did yesterday." 

~TEC


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