WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO you, time or money? At first thought we may tend to lean towards money, because having lots of money would allow us to have free time, right? But think about it for a minute — money comes and goes, time comes and goes, but while we will almost always have the opportunity to make more money, we can never get our time back.
So what does this mean? It means that your time is so precious. Using your time wisely and surrounding yourself with people who aren’t what I call “time wasters” is so crucial to evolving as a person. A friend, Kern Brar, said it best by stating, “We should take a few minutes during our day to do the things we have to do, but then, for the rest of the day, do the things we like to do.” Easier said than done, I know, but for most of us who work full time and have very little “free” time, try to make the best of it and do things that make you smile. Go for ice cream or relax with a movie, I love visiting my sister’s dog, Muffin, or our family cat, Peanut.
Brar really appreciates time. He made it known this past weekend for his birthday celebration dinner. I attended along with 12 other guests, and during his toast he gave everyone a sense of appreciation for our time. He started off with words of wisdom from his father, which was concluded by the quote above, and he genuinely seemed appreciative that his friends came to celebrate this special day with him. And it’s true that when people make an effort to show up, support you, and celebrate with you, it makes you feel good inside. Just knowing people are there for you is so special.
I asked a few people their thoughts on this subject. Chelsea Renee McCline and James Leonard Jr. agree with me, and the majority of you, that you can always make money but you can never get back your time.Sharon Feldman D’Angio agrees and adds that every minute is a memory or an opportunity. She says that you can always make more money, or simply make do with what you have. I agree with her completely.
Charles Roebuck believes that you can’t have both time and money because his theory is that those with time don’t have money, and those with the money don’t have time. Hmmm, I don’t know if I completely agree but I can understand where he is going with it.
A comedic response came from Christopher Hill, who said it has been proven that time actually slows down when you are broke, humorously attributing that to the theory of relativity at work.
Inesa Grisajeva chose time over money because, she says, when it flies by she misses the time gone by more than the money. She gave the example of mixing the two — for instance spending money on a vacation — and noted that when the vacation’s over it’s the time, not the money spent, that she misses. I totally agree — even if we stress about money, it’s the memories we miss in our hearts.
On the opposite end, my girlfriend Lori Cerminara said she prefers the money, because try as you may you can’t hold onto it — once it’s gone, its gone. She matter-of-factly adds, “Give me the money and I’ll enjoy my time!”
Thank you everyone for spending your time reading this column.
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Starting 11:30am at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, the event will include a large silent auction followed by a fabulous lunch and wonderful entertainment. I’ve been attending these events since they started, and believe me you won’t be disappointed if you go. You are helping such a worthy cause, and you get to meet some of the true heroes in our community. To find out more about this luncheon or to purchase your ticket, go to acwc.org.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.