Once I was waiting in a railway
station, I saw a gentleman get irritated so much because of the undue delay
of the train that he punched his fist against the wall. He started bleeding.
He realized then that it was useless punching. The train did not arrive in
another 20 minutes. We are all time conscious when it is an urgent thing we
have to do. When we are not in a hurry we do waste a lot of time. On another
occasion I found two people loitering restlessly at a bus-stand, nervous,
irritated, and impatient. What are these people up to, I wondered. Would
they get the bus on time by getting so nervous and irritated? No matter how
nervous and irritated you are, the bus will come when it has to come. Maybe
with a fantastic delay of three hours.
Do you find this topic strange for your meditation during this month? Well,
we all need to know the importance of time and timetables. God created this
world of time even though God himself is beyond time. Often we never think
of the importance of time. Time is sacred. Do you know that today is the
first day of the rest of your life? And that the time you have so far lost
is lost forever? The clock will never stop ticking and the lost time will
never come back. If we have to live we will live within the time span that
God has planned for us. Therefore it is of utmost importance to all of us to
become conscious of the immense value of time. Time is precious, and perhaps
more precious than the material things we possess. Goethe said, "The things
that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter
least." Very true. You can earn money and you can spend money. But you can
spend time but you can never earn time.