The fool, the wise man, & time

“The fool will spend his money on worthless things. The wise will spend his money to better himself. A man’s worth can be measured by how he spends his money.” – Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)

A smart bit of wisdom from a wise old lady in a very good show. Take it at face value and it will serve you well. Let’s take it a bit further, though.

Try replacing ‘money’ with ‘time’.

Money is effectively infinite. Sometimes it’s difficult, but you can always get more money, if you’re smart and clever and more than a little bit lucky. Time, though… It borders on cliche, but it’s an absolute fact – time is the one resource you’ll never get more of. Not much more, at least.

I think one of the greatest measures of a human is how he or she spends their time. By all means, use some of your time (and money) to rest, to have fun, and do the silly and wild things that only we humans can do. There’s no shame in that. But the rest of it…

Better yourself. Work towards something fantastic. Improve the world. Make something. You will be measured by how you spend your time, whether by your friends or family or society or your own conscience or your god. Someone will measure you, even if it’s only you. How will you come out in the final accounting?

Use your time wisely. Better yourself. Now.

One thought on “The fool, the wise man, & time

  1. The common phrase is that “One has the same 24 hours in a day as did Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., etc.” While time is an important outlet, prepping to use that time wisely is also informatively positive, especially if it enables areas that you couldn’t access before in terms of spending time.

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