Time a Priceless Commodity

March 22, 2024 Kapp Van Wyk Van Zyl Inc

My toddler very excitedly asks how long until we go to Granma? I answered saying only two nights sleep. Having no concept of time, he demands that he immediately go to bed!

Time is a precious commodity that we cannot put a price on, something one cannot rewind, renew, or trade. From the relentless ticking of a clock to the cyclical rhythms of nature, the concept of time passes through every aspect of our existence, guiding our actions, framing our memories, and defining our very existence.

Yet, despite its constant presence, the true value of time often eludes us, slipping through our fingers like grains of sand in an hourglass.

The expression “Time is money” is claimed to have originated back in 1748, in an essay by Benjamin Franklin called “Advice to a Young Tradesman” in which Franklin wrote, “Remember that time is money.”

While this expression highlights the practical importance of efficiency and productivity, it also reflects a deeper truth: time is a limited resource with unlimited potential. Just as a wise investor carefully allocates their capital to generate returns, so too must we utilize our time to purchase our experiences, invest in our relationships, and pursue our passions. In a world where material wealth is often equated with success, it is easy to overlook the intangible riches that time affords us. Unlike money or possessions, time cannot be stored — it must be spent wisely, for once it is gone, it can never be reclaimed.

The value of time lies not in its quantity but in its quality.

As the poet Henry Van Dyke once wrote, “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

With the upcoming public holidays, keep in mind the definition of quality time:  “The time you spend with someone, give them your full attention because you value the relationship.”


Janene Marais | Conveyancer
KVV Inc Attorneys

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