Gollum thought he had cornered Bilbo as they both engaged in a high-stakes riddle contest. If Bilbo stumped Gollum, the hobbit was free to go, and Gollum would be obliged to show the way out of the goblin-infested tunnel system. But if it happened the other way round, the little adventurer would be invited for dinner- as the main course. And Gollum was famished. These two characters of J.R.R Tolkien jousted back and fourth for a while and the riddles increasingly became difficult. Then, Gollum unleashed one of his best riddles, and poor Bilbo was at his wit’s end.
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town
And beats high mountain down. **
Unable to find a crack of this nut, the little hobbit exclaimed “Time! Time!” What he wanted was more time to solve the riddle but by sheer luck, “time” was the answer to the riddle and Gollum’s dinner plans were dashed.
Time has always been a riddle which many have sought to explain and provide answers to. Understanding time is always an advantage for the pursuit of purpose. Learning how time flies is key to fulfilling your destiny! How can you understand and maximize time? Here are a few thoughts.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” – Pablo Picasso
Charles Dickens has remarked that Procrastination is the thief of time. You have to discipline yourself to do what you must do at the time you ought to do it. It is not enough to do the right thing, such must be done at the right time. If we learn to do what we must when we must, it is amazing how much time we get to have to do several other things! Former US President, Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may delay, but time will not.”
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges we have in managing time is our inability to manage ourselves. Thus, keeping company with people who value and understand time will go a long way to help us be better managers of time. Frequent self appraisals and reporting to accountability partners can be of great help
Denis Waitley once remarked; “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.”
No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow and setting priorities is key to bringing to reality that tomorrow. You must know the things that are urgent, important or neither.
It is about 43 days to the end of the year and for us who made plans and had resolutions at the beginning of the new year, I think it is time for us to begin to appraise how far we have gone in achieving our goals to make our lives better. Let’s not continue to sit and watch time fly, let’s make the most of it lest when we have a few hours to go we are forced to put a finger in our mouth wondering where time flew to!
How do you maximize time? Would you say you have invested well enough with time? Join the conversation. Leave a comment!
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** J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, revised edition (New York: Ballantine, 1966) cited by Stu Weber in Infinite Impact, @xiv
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