86,400 seconds – what will you do with yours?

Like many people, I was touched by the death last week of Stephen Sutton. His diagnosis of cancer led him to creating a unique view of life and the opportunities it presents.

He drew up a bucket list and made a concerted effort to share his passion for seizing the day. His argument is that you can’t measure life in terms of time, but instead in terms of what you achieve. In his speech at the O2, he explains this philosophy and the experiences it led him to do. You can watch the full speech here, and I really recommend you do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEbxN8GHQUc .

He uses a fantastic analogy where he encourages you to imagine a world where at the beginning of each day, £86,400 was deposited in your bank account. You could do whatever you like with that money, but at the end of each day, any money left in the bank account would disappear. He surmises that knowing the deadline, you would do all you could to spend that money, share it with others or make the most of it.

Well, instead of money, we are all given 86,400 seconds of time each day. What we do with our time is up to us, but at the end of each day it disappears, and we don’t get it back. He urges us to not wait until tragedy focuses our mind but seize the day and opportunities right here, right now.

I have added a post it note onto my computer which simply has ‘86,400’ on it. It’s my constant reminder that I have the power to choose how I spend that time and that I should make the most of it.

What will you do with your 86,400 ?

 

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