Taking a day off from my “Tales of Ichabod” to share a wonderful meditation that was shared with me for Lent. In my church we often speak about “sins of omission,” namely, the Good Things I Might Have Done. In many ways these are even more important – and so, serious failings – than the negative things we do do. SO MUCH GOODNESS down the drain!

Paul Bear Bryant was one of America’s Greatest Coaches. He knew how to bring out the BEST in people. He never settled for less than 101%. It is no surprise that a piece of paper was found in his billfold when he died. It read:

 The Magic Bank Account
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400
in your private account for your use. 
However, this prize has rules:
The set of  rules:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day  would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you
love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

Shocked ???
Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see it.
The PRIZE is  *TIME*
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds   as a gift of life.2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.

3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.

Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

Start “spending”….

When i was small, i saw on television some great musician being awarded by all of his friends and colleagues a Lifetime Achievement Award. Funny thing is, i do not remember who he was. All that i recall was a giant theater filled with standing, screaming fans, as he got his award, and when he returned to his seat, his wife leaned over and whispered something in his ear through all the cheers. He burst out laughing. What i remember the most was when the couple exited the theater, and a reporter asked, “What did your wife say to you, that made you laugh so much?” The artist answered, “She said to me, ‘Now just imagine if you practiced!'”

Author: friardad

what's it like having a wife and six kids after having been a friar for many years and being still married to St. Francis' Lady Poverty?

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