A Short Speech about Valuing Time

I found this quote which is attributed to Bryan Dyson – ex CEO of Coca Cola. I love his metaphorical take on placing value on various parts of our lives.

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit; and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls – Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends, and have proper rest.

Value has a value only if its value is valued.”

As we begin a new week, I am hoping to focus on balance and perspective. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. I pray I keep that at the core of all I do, say, and think this week.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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12 Responses to A Short Speech about Valuing Time

  1. You are perfectly on point! Some people learn this the hard way, mos times when it’s already too late to recover. The one who treats glass like rubber often ends up without glass. When fire comes, rubber often melts away. We must set our priorities right if we must avoid lives of regret. Thanks for that thought provoking piece! Welldone!

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Excellent message, Kate–it’s so true that some things, once broken, may not be salvaged. “Balance and perspective”–quite the juggling feat, indeed! God bless you BIG–love, sis Caddo

  3. Wow. There is a lot in this! How can I assure that “me and my house” follow the Lord, if we never spend time together?
    But, I wonder, how could a MAN know that work never goes away? ;-)

  4. Lori Lipsky says:

    Ah, time. What a subject. Striving for balance is wise advice.
    I like your blog and have nominated you for an award, which I’d be glad to have you accept (but if you do not accept awards at this time, please ignore). Here it is: http://poetrypatio.wordpress.com/

  5. tbnranch says:

    Well said! Great post! :)

  6. I like the ball approach. It is true and hard lesson that I have learned. Work will always be there, the others, will be but they won’t all be the same. Thank.

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