What Good Is Time And What Is Time

What Good Is Time and What Is It Anyway?

What Good Is Time

What Good Is Time?- Gaining Control Of Events

If I were to stop you on the street and say, “Excuse me, what time is it?”  What would you do?  You’d probably look at your watch and say, “It’s a quarter to three,”  or some such thing.  But if I were to stop you on the street and say the same words but in a different order, “Time, what is it?” you’d probably look at me as if I were crazy.  In America we don’t usually stop people on the street and ask them philosophical questions.  What is time? What good is time? How would you define it?

So What Is time?

Saint Augustine once tried to answer this question.  He said:  “For what is Time? who is able easily and briefly to explain it?…Surely we understand will enough when we speak of it.  What then is time?  If nobody asks me, I know; but if I were desirous to explain it to someone-plainly I know not.” The astute Augustine obviously wasn’t much help on this matter!  Who else had something to say about what good is time.

For centuries, philosophers an wise men have tried to explain time. They’ve tried to explain what good is time.  Sir Isaac Newton said that time was absolute, that it occurred whether the universe was here or not.  Leibnitz came along and turned Newton’s definition upside down.  He said, “Time is merely the order of events, not an entity itself.”  Albert Einstein followed Leibnitz, and made the statement that “Time has no independent existence apart from the order of events by which we measure it.”  He said the train does not arrive at the station at 7:00 P.M.;  the train arrives at the station at the same moment the little hand reaches seven!

The Basic Element of Time Is An EVENT

The definition from the dictionary says: “Time is a continuum in which events succeed one another from past through present to future.”

The basic element of time is an event!  Everything is an event.  Reading this book is an event.  getting out of bed this morning is an event.  Driving your car is an event.  Arriving at work is an event.  Your phone ringing is an event.  Eating lunch is an event.  Time is the occurrence of all these events in sequence, one after the other.

Controlling Your Life Means Controlling Your Time

I was in New York doing a time management seminar for Merrill Lynch executives, when a fellow handed me a card o which he had written his definition of time: “Time is what keeps one darned thing after another from becoming every darned thing at once.” What a marvelous definition of what good is time and what time is!

Time is a series, or a succession, of events.  Ben Franklin said, “Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”  If this is true, then Controlling your life means controlling your time, and controlling your time means controlling the events in your life.

What good is time

“…The stuff life is made of.”

In an upcoming article I will begin teaching you some simple principles of how to gain control of the events in your life.  What Good is Time?- Its as good as your able to control the events in your life and how you react to the events in your life over which you have no control.

Hyrum W. Smith

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 Hyrum W. Smith