We're going to do something a little different with this blog and to warn you it will require some mental labor. We are going to engage in a visualization exercise together. Ready?
I want you to imagine that you have received an email from the president of your bank. The president of your bank has invited you to play a game. The game is simple, each morning, your bank will deposit $86,400 into your account for your use. You are allowed to draw out every single cent. You stare at the computer screen in disbelief. You have seen the Dateline specials and news segments warning about all the ways scammers spoof legitimate businesses to fool customers into divulging personal information. You decline to click the link indicating yes, you are willing to play.
As you go throughout your day, you begin to wonder. You haven't yet sent this email to the trash bin. You go back to hover the cursor over the email address and sure enough it appears to be a legitimate email that came from your bank. There are no misspelled words or hidden addresses embedded in the from address. You grab one of your bank statements and the number listed in the email is the same number listed on your bank statement. Could it be? You pick up the phone and dial. You are greeted by a recording that indicates that you indeed have been one of the few accounts chosen to participate in a unique opportunity. The recording explains that your bank will deposit $86,400 into your personal account. You can press 1 to proceed to the rules or 2 to opt out. You decide to press 2. The automated recording thanks you and welcomes you to the game which will begin promptly at 8:00am tomorrow morning should you choose to proceed. However, there are rules.
Everything that you did not spend during each day will be taken away from you.
You may not transfer the money into some other account.
You may only spend the money or invest it.
Every morning when you wake up the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
The bank can end the game without any notice and close the account and you would not get another account.
The automated recording now prompts you to press 1 to accept the invitation to play or 2 to opt out. You, half believing this is even real, decide to press 1. Your car needs a new alternator and your kid has to have braces. You can buy anything and everything you wanted not only for yourself but for all the people that you love and care about. You can even use the money on people you don't know. What would you do? How would you spend the money? I don't know about you, but this game sounds like a dream and I would equal parts blow and invest the money.
What if I told you that this game is real and each of us already are a winner of this prize? You might be thinking that this blog and its author has finally gone off the deep end. However, what I say to you is true. In fact, something far greater than this already happens for each of us each and every day. Except the prize is time. Like the rules, each morning we receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
When we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.
What we have used up that day is forever lost, and we can't transfer our time to anyone else.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled with another 86,400 seconds.
The bank can dissolve our account at any time without warning.
What are you doing with your 86,400 seconds?
I hope you have enjoyed this visualization. I'd love to hear from you what thoughts or feelings came up for you. If you feel comfortable sharing, please share in the comments below. And remember as you begin this journey, do not worry about getting it perfect; just get it going. Until next time. Happy reading.
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~Thornton Wilder
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