The originator of this piece is apparently unknown. Internet folk-lore says that it was found in the wallet of an American coach, Paul 'Bear' Bryant, after he died in 1982.
Just imagine that you had won a major prize in a contest. Each and every morning, your bank will deposit £86,400 in your private account for you to use in any way that you choose. However, the prize in this contest has a set of rules.
The rules are:
1. Everything that you haven't spent during each day will be removed from your account.
2. You may not simply transfer any of the money into some other account. You may only spend it.
3. Each morning, upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another £86,400 for that day.
4. The bank can end the game without warning. It can say, at any time, "Game Over!" The account can be closed and you will not receive a new one.
What would you decide to do? Would you buy anything and everything you wanted? Probably it wouldn't be just for yourself, but for all the people for whom you love and care. You might even decide to spend some on people you don't even know, simply because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself.
My guess is that you would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would all be replenished in the morning.
Each of us has already won this prize. We just can't seem to see it.
The PRIZE is "TIME"
Each morning, when we awaken, we receive 86,400 seconds – it is the gift of life. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time cannot be credited to us. What we haven't used up during that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is re-filled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time – and WITHOUT WARNING........!
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds today?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same number of pound coins. Just think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time is racing by so much more quickly than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.