How do we spend our time?

“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.”  Mandy Hale


I received an e-mail today with a story by an unknown author. I want to share it with you, and hopefully nothing will be lost in translation.

Every night, the father of a six-year-old arrives home late in the evening, tired and irritated. One evening, just as the father walks through the front door, the little boy asks, “Daddy, can I ask you a question?” The father answers, “Yes, what do you want to know?” Excitedly, the boy asks, “Daddy, how much money do you earn every hour of the day?” This was a strange question, and the father answered irritated, “Why do you want to know? It is for grownups to know and it has nothing to do with little children! Are the kids at school bragging about whose fathers earn the most, huh?!”

The young boy shakes his head and continues to plead with his father to tell him how much he earns an hour: “Please daddy, I really need to know, it is important!” The father, who just wants to end the conversation and go unwind after a hard day’s work, finally tells his son, “Fine! If you really must know, I earn R600 an hour.” The boy stood there silently for a few seconds and then politely asked his dad if he can borrow R300.

His father, now furious, yells at his son and tells him to go to his room. “You are too young to be this greedy! I work all day and every weekend for my money. And I am not just going to give it away to a brat. Stay in your room until you have learned your lesson!” The little boy immediately stood up and went to his room.

While his father is sitting on the sofa watching television, he begins to wonder why his son asked for R300. Maybe it was for something at school that is important. After a while, he went up to the boy’s room, knocked on the door and asked, “Are you asleep?” The boy answered, “No, daddy, I am still awake.”

His father sat down on his son’s bed and explained to him that he had a long day at work and that he is sorry for yelling at him before asking what he needed the money for. He said, “Here is the R300 that you wanted to borrow. What do you need it for?” The boy was ecstatic and jumped up, grabbed the R300 and said, “Thank you, daddy, thank you! It is for something really, REALLY important!”

He ran to his desk, opened his drawer and to his father’s utter surprise, he removed more money from the drawer and started to count it. His father can feel the anger rise, but decides to bite his tongue while his son counts the money.

He feels angry, because why did his son ask for money if he already has? After his son counted the money, the dad impatiently asks, “Why did you ask for money? You already have!” The father feels ashamed that his son turned out to be this greedy. But the young boy looks his father straight in the eyes and answers with a huge smile, “I did not have enough yet, but now I do. I have R600. Daddy, can I please buy an hour of your time?”


This story made me think about how I spend my time. This six-year-old boy felt that he had to buy an hour of his dad’s time. It is heartbreaking to think that so many of us spend our time on things that do not really matter. Instead, we could be spending our time studying towards our dream careers; spending time with our friends or loved ones; or spending our time doing something worthy.

None of us knows what tomorrow holds. We should live each day as if it is our last, and plan as if we are going to live forever. I know this is a cliché, but there is so much truth to it! Therefore, spend your time wisely. Be with the people you want to be with, and do the things you have always dreamt of doing. One day, you will look back on your life – not with regret, but with content. You will have done the things that dwell in your heart. You have will have lived.

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”  Mandy Hale

The time is now

I must admit that I used to get annoyed when people made statements like, “There is no better time than the present” and, “Life goes by so quickly – do things you enjoy.” I used to see it as people trying to throw advice at me. Now I understand that they were only trying to help me.


As I get older, I am starting to realise that the present is all we really have. If we use this knowledge to our advantage, we can achieve something worthwhile. Many of the highly successful people in the world are only successful because they acted at the right time. Timing can be a determining factor when it comes to success and failure.
The older I get, the more quickly time seems to fly by. I remember how a year used to feel like such a long time. Nowadays, a year goes by so fast that it is over in the blink of an eye – another birthday, another Valentine’s Day, and another Christmas all come and go so quickly.

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If we’re not careful, life passes us by while we spend most of our time thinking about doing things, instead of actually doing the things we want to do. I am a very indecisive person, which means that it takes me a long time to make up my mind to do something.
These sentiments make me realise that we do only have the present, and that putting things off does not help. The list of things we want to do just keeps growing until we end up doing none of it because it has all become too overwhelming.

As you read this, you are the youngest that you will be for the rest of your life. Make the most of it. Do the things you want to do. Don’t just work hard: enjoy life; take a walk in nature; go on a holiday; find the things that really matter to you and do more of them.
If you are thinking about studying, make that call to a student registrar. Do not wait until it becomes just another passing thought. Acting now is what is going to make your dreams come true.

It's time to start living the life you've imagined.

Happy Days

Hi there Dear Readers,

Well today is Friday and I hope that most of you are looking forward to your weekend.

I am thrilled that today’s post has been written by another of our Marketing gems, Tania.

Here are Tania’s words. Enjoy the post …


“Time does not pass, it continues” 
― Marty Rubin

Time and life

I have been struggling to concentrate or to even move a limb this past couple of days due to the heat. It is always better if you are able to go to the beach or sit at the pool while enjoying cold drinks with colourful straws and fruit.

But for some it is not always the case and we long for our young care-free days where our only concern was when we could go outside and play (even if it was scorching hot).

But this weather has made me think of how we wish our days away.

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On these awfully hot summer days, all we do is wish it was over. We wish it was winter and we long for the cold. However, as soon as it is winter and it rains day in and day out, we wish that away too and again we long for summer. I have come to notice this in more areas of my life…

While I was I student I took my “freedom” for granted and there was only a few weeks in a year that I could proudly say that I attended all my classes.

Now, as a working person, if I could go back I would tell my younger self to wake up for that 8 am class and attend that 4pm class on a Friday.

Because there will be a day that you are going to regret it and be angry with yourself and wish with all your heart that you attended all your classes or studied harder.

You have lost those days forever, opportunities to enrich yourself –  and you did that to sleep another hour or to watch one more episode of your favourite series.

The thing is, you could have taken an afternoon nap, or watched series over the weekend, but you didn’t.

You wished your student life away to become independent and earn your own money. But in the mean time, you lost precious opportunities while you sat there thinking about the future. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to plan for the future, but it is unhealthy if you dwell on it too much and forget that you are wasting time in the present.


It is the same thing we do every day when we want the day just to end because we cannot bear the heat. But what if that hot scorching day was the last day before a loved one will move far away?

Will you want to wish the day away then?

Or what if it was the last day you will see your child before they go off to boarding school?

It can even be something more serious, what if you are sitting next to a friend and you both are wishing the day away because it has been raining for days on end. And on your way home you are in a terrible car accident and you lose your dear friend?

If you knew that, would you have wished the day away?

The answer to all these questions will remain no…


“Free time is the most expensive time you have, because nobody pays for it but you. But that also makes it the most valuable time you have, as you alone stand to reap the profits from spending it wisely.” –  Jarod Kintz


What I am trying to say is that there is beauty in every day, no matter how hot or windy or cold. There are opportunities in every day and you may not ever get them back.

We should appreciate each day as if it is our last (and I know it is a cliché) but it is true in every single way. We never know what is going to happen.

So on those cold wintery days, curl up under a blanket, phone a friend, watch a movie, read a book, invite people over for dinner, play with your pet and tell the people around you that you love them.

As for the warm summer days with the unbearable heat, be grateful that you can experience sunshine and that you have access to water. We are privileged enough in South Africa to have running water and to be safe enough to let our children play outside.

There are countries that are at war and, if you had to walk outside in the sunshine in those countries, you might die from a bomb explosion or gun shooting.

Be thankful for each day, because each day is a gift.

Therefore, go today and enjoy the heat, because in a few month’s time you will miss it. After school, work or a long week, go home and enjoy the simple things about summer.


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What I would like to do today is walk around my town and truly see the beauty of the day. I am going to take photographs and write poems and try to capture the true worth of what I have been given.

I implore you to do something similar. You are blessed with every breath you take each new day.

Remember that and don’t wish it away!

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” – George Harrison



Thank you, Tania, for your inspiring and touching words. Let me end off today’s post with a picture that I find to be very inspirational: