Using Spare Time Well..!

Last week I was asked to speak at a function, “How will you do it?” asked my wife, “you don’t have the time!” Zoom engagements may be conducted from home or office, but take an equal amount of time in preparing, but I thought about it for a day and decided that since my talk was for the youth I would try and make the time and used my spare time in thinking out the talk and I gave the speech, but it also got me thinking about what we do with our spare time:
Author and lecturer John Erskine declared that he learned the most valuable lesson of his life when he was fourteen years old.
His piano teacher asked him how much he practised. He replied that he usually sat at the instrument for an hour or more at a time.
“Don’t do that,” said the piano teacher. “When you grow up you will find that time does not come to you in long stretches like that. Practice in minutes wherever you can find them- five or ten before school, a few minutes after lunch. Sandwich them between chores. Spread the practice throughout the day and music will become part of your life.”
Erskine stated later that by following this advice he wrote nearly all of Helen of Troy, his most famous work on streetcars while commuting between his house and university.
How can you make good use of your spare moments?
Use spare time to work, It’s the price of success.
Spare time to think, it is the source of power.
Time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Spare time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Spare time off to be loved, it is the privilege of the Gods
Time to look around, the day is too short to be selfish.
Spare yourself time to laugh, it’s the music of the soul.
These are seconds and moments that add up to minutes and hours that add up to days and weeks and total up to a lifetime. Start handling those moments and start putting them to good use, or one fine day you will find that life crashed because time was not used well.
Just as Erskine learnt to play the piano well with his spare time and wrote Helen of Troy during his spare bits and moments, so should we all make a habit of using our spare time well, remembering that wasting the gift of time insults the Giver of time..!


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7 thoughts on “Using Spare Time Well..!”

  1. Use your spare time wisely to keep the devil at bay cause, idle hands and minds are what he uses for his evil ways. Beautiful Bobby.

  2. Today’s write up SHOULD BE STUDIED, Time and again.
    Busy people find the most time. Valuable insight is to make minutes productive. Slogging at any task for hours together is just hard labor, it may be productive or it may yield nothing.
    If Time is lost, regret stays for eternity.

  3. “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today,
    Tomorrow will be dying !”
    Robert Herrick

  4. Our times are in the hands of our loving God of love not bound by time snd space. He’s our Ontime God as He never sleeps. He’s our Online God alert to our prayers made,praise God.Timr and tide wait for none.So redeem time. One day in His eyes is as a thousand in our eyes.Time stands still when we keep ourselves busy happily.

  5. Lovely reminder Bob on the value of time, a precious resource many fail to use productively or worse, take for granted. Just yesterday I was sharing with someone how time becomes valuable only once we discover the true purpose and direction of our life. Once that happens, we don’t want to waste even a moment but use it to contribute meaningfully towards that purpose.

  6. Pandemic is my great success stories because most the things got online including studies which gave me an opportunity to do most of my courses after my retirement from the comfort of my home which were pending because of my work schedule.. I PRAISE AND THANK MY HOLY SPIRIT PROMPTINGS ???
    Now after my retirement I am become so busy multitasking which gives me Joy reaching out to anyone who need help through social media..
    THANKING GOD for this great BLESSING.

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