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The 86400 lottery

July 21, 2011

Imagine there is a 86400 lottery drawing, we were automatically entered into it with no action required from our side. The odds to win this lottery are extremely slim, but someone has to win it and we did it! On a daily basis, we receive a very generous prize: $86400 are wired to our private account for personal use, each morning.

This award comes with some restrictions:
– any amount left unspent is taken back by the lottery, we cannot carry it forward. Each day at 00:01 AM, we receive another $86400 for that day
– we cannot transfer money, we may only spend it
– the prize can be discontinued at any time, with or without warning. Even in the middle of the day
– there is no way to run for another prize

What would we do? Use all the money, to benefit our beloved ones and us? If so, let’s start doing it, here and now, because we already won this lottery, it is called time in a day! Each of us is given 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when the day finishes, any unused time is gone. What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone! And there is no guarantee about tomorrow. Each day the number of seconds available is refilled, but this can stop at any time, with or without warning. So, what are we going to do with these 86,400 seconds? Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount in dollars/Euro/Pounds/material possessions/etc.?

Think about that: let’s enjoy every second of our life, because time goes much faster than we think. Let’s actively enjoy time, instead of trying to fill our time with passive activities. Let’s make the only investment which really count, the investment in meaning. Yes, almost everything is possible in life and the sky is the limit, however not everything can be achieved at the same time, because our main resources (time and energy) are limited, so let’s set our priorities based on our values. Let’s budget our time and talents, let’s take control of those 86,400 seconds, starting here and now! Let’s give time, and meaningful attention, to the people who count for us!

This is an excerpt from our book: A course in happiness and well-being