Time and Money: The Terrible Twins.

These are the foundations of all circumstances.
If you look at your life you will find the underlying influence of one or both of these drivers.

We are all allotted the same amount of time – period.
Your only qualification is to have a living body.
From the time you were conceived, the clock ticks until death parts you from your body.
We can do nothing about time except regret it when it’s gone.
Clocks, watches, and digital readouts all count away the seconds and our lives as well.
Our language is peppered with phrases about time such as:
Time waits for no man; a stitch in time saves nine; killing time.

We express ourselves in units of time, measure our lives against it and wonder what happened to it when we get old.
Our life path is measured in stages, babyhood, childhood, teenagers, adult and finally old age.
We have birthdays to remind us of our age but the older we get the less we want to count the years.
Marriage is measured through anniversaries from paper to golden.
Old age arrives too quickly as we notice the lines, wrinkles, aches and pains as our bodies slow down.

As we work, we wish away our day wanting to do something – anything as long as we are not at work.
We attend time management courses, plan our schedules and work our lives to the plan that we fail to keep.
We wish we could win the lottery and then we would have the time to do the things we want.
We make New Year’s resolutions vowing to change things but they are forgotten until next New Year.

As humans we are professional time wasters.


Most of our time is spent doing something we do not like.
This is when time drags by and we wish it would end. But when we are doing something we enjoy, then time flies.
We detest being delayed by queues or traffic jams but we happily while away the hours in front of a TV or other pleasures.

Technology is sold under the guise of saving time and making our lives easier but what happens to the time you saved?
Procrastination and the belief that tomorrow is another day justify our decisions.
The paradox is that we do all we can to get enough money so that we will have time to do the things we like.

My first post Who Designed the System looks at how I believe the system operates.

Time and money govern the entire process.
The function of the system is to get you to use your time to earn money so that you can buy time.
Your parents teach you the basics, the education system prepares you for the job market, your career pays the bills and retirement drops you off the grid.

We want enough money so that we can enjoy our life and our golden years.
Most of us land up suffering because the gold was not enough and the years of slavery ate our health away.

If you agree with my take on this then there must be some way of having both time and money without the consequences.
Surely life would be much better if we enjoyed every minute of our time and yet had enough money as well?

Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.
William Penn

Updated: May 2022

3 thoughts on “Time and Money: The Terrible Twins.”

  1. its good andre
    no arguments with the time vs life analysis
    i am looking forward to how you bring the
    “Surely life would be much better if we enjoyed every minute of our time and yet had enough money as well?”

  2. It is sad that most of us associate the enjoyment of time by having enough money. Every moment is an opportunity to make wise use of our time; we can either use it to appreciate the beauty of our existence or use it to find the miserable. 🙂

  3. The strange thing is that many that find the money do not find what they were looking for. Their lives become hollow shells, trying to be something they are not. What we all should be looking for is peace and joy which both stem from within and money cannot buy.

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