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Time is the most precious thing one can give

In the past couple of weeks , I have been working “late” til about 7pm. Come on, in  Europe and Australia, that is hard work and dedication! As opposed to Asia leaving at 7pm is un-think of unless there is a valid reason. Someone used to constantly tell me that salary you get in your wallet ends up being about the same in all these different regions ,because you pay such high taxes in Europe and Australia. But now my debate is that my hourly rate is definitely much higher in Europe, because even if I get the same amount of pay I am actually working much less hours.

In the end, everyone is just selling their time for a price. It depends how smart you are with it and you can manage what type of income is coming into your bank account. For example, some people become lawyers so that they can charge for every 6 minute intervals for making a phone call, writing an email or my favourite one is ‘admin’. You can work at a supermarket check out counter for minimum wage or be a prostitutes that charges a sexy hourly rate. As a customer, most services are charged with a time measurements like if you are getting a massage or have an appointment with a therapist etc.

Our society though tends to have a funny culture in a sense that people love to be seen as ‘busy people’. When you bump into a colleague at the coffee machine it’s always like ‘Yeah, really busy.’ Weekends are packed with events on the social calender and you have to juggle between who you prefer seeing more when there is double booking. Otherwise you might be perceived as lazy, boring or a social reject. Obviously, time offering is very valuable. Spending quality time with loved ones, play time with your children, looking after elderly parents and volunteer work are all priceless moments. Yet many times I find that, our physical body may be there in the same space but our attention is failing.

Time is the most precious thing one can give and I am definitely one that craves it from friends, family and partner. I hope that when I am giving my time, I am also giving them my full undivided attention. What about you?

***Photo by bgorsphotography

  1. Mikie Mike
    August 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Agreed. If you can’t give your full attention to someone you spending your time with, then you might as well not be there. Or maybe you dont really wanna be there?

    Vice versa, sometimes you become oblivious to the fact that the person is not really appreciating your company until someone else point it out to you. Time wasted.

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