Five To Midnight

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, its name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and life. The clock is running. Make the most of today.

-David Wolfe

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10 thoughts on “Five To Midnight”

      1. For the past 18 months my movement has been severely restricted. That’s a shock to someone who’s always been active. Three months of that time I spent alone in my apartment taking care of myself while unable to walk. I made sure I filled my days but I would hate to put it in a ledger.


      2. I can relate. With my auto immune disease and everything that comes with it. Being a gypsy heart and soul, I still have difficulties accepting restrictions especially knowing it could only go downhill from where I am now. Like you said: Carpe Diem around whenever possible.

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      3. I have diabetes type 1, another auto-immune disease and have been injecting myself with insulin for almost 30 years. I also have haemochromatosis, a blood disorder that involves having 400 Mls of blood drained every week. As far as I know, that’s another auto-immune disease. But life would be dandy if I wasn’t arthritic and I could run and talk and walk with the (other) animals (with apologies to Dr Dolittle). But we can’t let it get us down.


      4. Rheumatoid arthritis? Major Ouch. Mine is the osteo variety the docs describe as degenerative. So far I’ve had two hips replaced and my left ankle bones fused. But hey, I’m walking again and hoping to buy an e bike soon.


      5. If I had follow what the specialists told me to do like letting my jaw hips knees and back operated, I was long dead. I let them dig through my neck with needles as big as knitting tools and it brought me nothing but misery and more pain. I stop taking medicines as well. I’m in constant pain but at least I’m moving and thinking cohesively and aware of my surroundings instead of lying in my bed confused.

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      6. Rheumatoid arthritis is a whole different kettle of fish. Osteoarthritis is focussed: problem arises, find a solution. Of course, it’s not quite that simple. I take anti-inflammatory medicine but it relieves, doesn’t eliminate. Living with these things is important and not letting them define your life or who you are. When I read your writing there’s a melancholic feel to it.


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