The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
–C.S. Lewis

Times are challenging. Money is tight. Emotions are unstable. The markets are fluctuating.

No matter how overwhelming our tasks appear, no matter how intractable our challenges feel, no matter how important or unimportant our role in the world, we all wake up with the same precious gift under our pillow — 24 hours of non-refundable time.

Many of you who are reading this are not procrastinators. For those of us who are, we put things off for a number of reasons. We put off tasks, especially big ones, because we don’t know where to begin or we “don’t have time.” As my friend Cavett Robert said in his halting, melodic, Mississippi drawl: “If someone told me / that I could have / all the $20 bills I could count between now and 4:00 this afternoon / do you think I wouldn’t have time ?!?”

As you hear yourself saying, “I don’t have time,” remember that everyone, everywhere has the same amount of time. Whatever we do or don’t do with our minutes and hours, whether intentionally or not, is what we have each chosen.

Challenging or easy, tight or available, unstable or rock solid, fluctuating or more predictable — they all come sixty seconds at a time.

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