Thought for the Day – Bernard Berenson on Time

I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.– Bernard Berenson

My daughter recently lamented on Facebook that she wished she had more hours in the day. Most of us can identify with that sentiment. Our calendars are packed with commitments, our to-do lists are getting longer, and our minds are racing with ideas for new things to try, new places to visit and new people to meet. It’s a gift to have an aspiring spirit, a desire to be fully alive, yet spent in the service of others. All too often I’ve also complained about too much to do and too little time in which to do it. I like to imagine what I would do with an extra 12 hours a day, for instance. Wouldn’t that be great? But, to be honest, I know that even that extra time would soon be filled and I’d be longing for even more. Ah, man’s desire for eternity runs deep. I’ll just have to be content with my allotment here, until eternity comes. And tomorrow, when Daylight Savings Time robs that hour I could have put to good use, I get in an extra practice session on contentment.

Your thoughts? How might the practice of time contentment help you arrange your priorities today?

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