Something Given To Us Precious But Taken For Granted

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Time ClockIn looking at people who have left our lives due to death or separation in life itself it is very easy to see a commodity of life that can be overlooked,

Something Given To Us Precious But Taken For Granted.

And that is:

    another's time.

People's time is the currency of their lives. They just don't make MORE of the stuff for people to give you. So whether it is a friend, family member, teacher, co-worker or man on the street living under the bridge giving you a smile, STOP, and recognize they "didn't have to" give you of their time. You will realize this so obviously when it is gone, if you viewed the encounter as precious or valuable to you. Likewise WHERE YOU decide to give another time they may take you for granted but it is your choice to donate your love, attention, care, focus, and helpfulness on them. Our time is a gift to others, as is theirs in our life. Remember that.

DO NOT take people and their lives (in your life) for granted.

Life and time are fleeting, like the sand pouring through to the bottom of an hourglass. Extremely fast!


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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the post. I lost my father last year  and I miss him , and your post   is a great reminder of the value of the most valuable commodity that we have TIME.

Jan 30, 2011 01:40 AM #1
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Nice reminder for all of us on this Sunday.  I think I will play a board game with my kids today.  Time is indeed precious!

Jan 30, 2011 02:14 AM #2
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post Gary!  We all need to remember to stop and just appreciate the wonderful lives we have with those around us.

Jan 30, 2011 02:32 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Gary - I just finished watching a segment on the CBS Sunday morning magazine show.  There was a story of a man who was at a standstill point in his life and career.  He decided he was going to write thank you notes to people who made a difference in his life --- the server at Starbucks and so on.   The effect was overwhelming and he has now published a book on the subject.  You never know what impact a thank you can make.    

Jan 30, 2011 04:09 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gary,

Thanks for the wonderful message. You are right time goes by so fast.  We need to remember to acknowledge the people in our lives and let them know we care.

Jan 30, 2011 04:34 AM #5
'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest'
The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams - Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Texas Real Estate

Hi Gary, good post and good to remember the important people in our lives and let them know how important they are.  With this in mind I am going to family reunion early and staying late to take time just to have time with my family in CA. 

Jan 30, 2011 04:45 AM #6
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Gary....Great Philosophical look at time and life....  2 things you can not turn back....  They are both so precious.......!!!!!     Thank You

Jan 30, 2011 04:52 AM #7
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Gary - I'm not sure if it's about getting older [and wiser] or having a lot on my plate, but I really value my time these days and SPEND it well! 

Jan 30, 2011 04:54 AM #8
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Gary, time seems to move faster as we get older. Giving my time to people I care about has become even more of a priority.

Jan 30, 2011 05:26 AM #9
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Gary, as I am reading your post my 3 year old grandson is next to me. All he wants is my time and attention. I will put the computer down and do just that... because you are so right.

One thing I noticed is he is getting so close to my husband, leaving me and his mother behind. Why? Because my dear hubby gets down on the ground and plays with him, takes him sledding, laughs with him, is in the very moment with him. It is a joy to watch and a lesson for all.

Jan 30, 2011 12:26 PM #10
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


The older I get the more guilty I feel when I  suddenly realize I am wasting or taking advantage of someone else's time.

Jan 30, 2011 04:10 PM #11
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Gary - So true!  When my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last February, I realized how much I take for granted.  Every moment with someone you love is precious and it can end at any time.  I was at a wake tonight for a good friend whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack at 53.  They have a 3 year old daughter.  She was composed and gracious, smiling, as everyone came through the line until she saw me and we just looked into each other's eyes and said nothing.  We had both thought I'd be the one standing where she was about now and never thought she'd be standing there.  We held each other for a long time while she really let go.  My heart is breaking for her.  Every minute is precious.  We can't lose sight of that.

Jan 30, 2011 04:12 PM #12
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

What a lovely, thoughtful post Gary. A friend of ours died last year, and the thing we noticed at the service was how many people called him their best friend. That's how he made everyone feel. What a gift, and what a loss to all his friends.

Jan 30, 2011 04:47 PM #13
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gary, Always  profound in your message, this one certainly fits that. This is something that we must be aware of and be appreciative of. It is after all the gift of ones life.

Jan 30, 2011 06:35 PM #14
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Gary GREAT photo!   You are so right- particularly true for senior citizens.

Jan 31, 2011 01:05 AM #15
Elisa Maria

Gary-I am one that doesn't take for granted the time those that love me give to me. It is all about what we choose to do with our time. We all need to appreciate another person's time. I do think that whoever is most important to you should get the lions share of your time and attention and other people come after that. When it is out of order, then those that we love feel devalued and less important.

Mar 08, 2011 12:26 PM #16
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