How Much Time You’ve Got?

Watched the film In Time starring Justine Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried last night and thought the overall story concept was very intriguing. Its storyline is set in the future when the aging gene is switched off when people reach the age of 25. Time becomes the currency which people use for buying and selling. Their arms are embedded with an internal digital clock to keep track on how much time they’ve got, as the digits slowly tick down to zero. The rich earns “decades” and practically lives forever and their pace of life is rather slow. The poor negotiates and hurries through daily activities. They often borrow, beg or steal enough hours to survive and make it through the day.

While the movie is just so so for me, my mind was captured by its unique concept of time as the ultimate currency. I was wondering what is it like if we were to live our lives one day at a time, not being guaranteed being given another day unless we “deserve” it? We often take our years and decades for granted, procrastinating through life, living like we’re immortals. What if, like the poor in the movie, we’re kept on our toes everyday, every hour and even minutes to make every moment count? It was a sobering thought for me.

Time passes

Time is money?

The ancient Scripture taught us to pray like this: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). They say time is money, but can you really convert it into cash? Can you buy back time once it passes, like in the film? But we can make the numbers count for something. We can use them wisely as not to waste them away so carelessly like most often do.

For me, I was reminded to live more in the moment, to seize and be more aware of the here and now, to focus more on my daily life and not to take my hours for granted. I often think of the future but I got to remember that the future is not here yet, and they’re not guaranteed to come. Unlike the movie, I can’t stay at an age forever, and my physical body will waste away no matter how I choose to use it. And that’s not a very encouraging thought! I therefore ask myself this: How can I  make better use my youth days now to get myself to where I want to go?

I just want to leave this blog post with a question from Robert K. Cooper’s book The Other 90 Percent, “Are you closer right now to where you want to be than you were half-hour ago?”

What a powerful and useful question! The author implied that if we would ask ourselves that question throughout the day constantly to check in with ourselves, there’s no telling what we can really achieve at the end of the day. You and I are shaping our destiny, moment by moment by moment.

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