Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Value or Cost

Value or Cost – you choose

"The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows." George William Curtis.

Hi and welcome to the last blog of 2011. To you and yours, I trust the dreams that await you, serve you well in the coming year. Here’s to a fantastically successful and prosperous new year!

As I ponder the thoughts ready to be made captive in print, my mind looks back over a year full of challenges and opportunities. Some of these have taken me to the point of despair and others lifting me to great heights of inspiration. With each year of life and living, one becomes less motivated by things and more pre-occupied with causes or values. It is a truism, that many can know the cost of everything but the value of little.

The greatest gift that one can have is time. The greatest use of that gift is to use it for the betterment of others and no greater investment can be that which is invested into a child, on whom the future depends.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” proverbs 22:6.

The power of that statement is seen in both the positive and negative. Training happens whether it is pro-active or passive. Whatever a child’s character is exposed to, it will be conformed to it, both the good, bad and ugly. What influences us molds us.

“We build our life from the building bricks of habit that we pick up each day and before we know it, we have shaped the house in which we live.” This coming year, why not purpose to leave some bricks where they lay?

We have but one shot at life and the impact of a life lived, will reverberate through eternity.

New beginnings are humanities way of putting to bed the past, a way of resolving things left undone. Resolutions may not be the panacea of life, but as Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living." By all means review the year to date and if necessary list the issues that come to mind, but further to that, purpose to live your life by values that take account of the cost and the pursuant benefits.

I have purposed to enter 2011 with these thoughts in mind:

To cherish the memories

Be at peace with the present

Reach for my dreams, whilst inspiring you to reach yours.

My hope for you this coming year is that your decisions will be wise and seasoned with value

To know the value of nine months:

Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To know the value of one month:

Ask a mother who has given birth to A premature baby.

To know the value of one week:

Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To know the value of one hour:

Ask the lovers who are waiting to Meet.

To know the value of one minute:

Ask a person Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To know the value of one-second:

Ask a person Who has survived an accident.

To know the value of one millisecond:

Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special. – Author unknown.