Probably a question you haven’t thought about today.  In fact, you may not have thought about the price of life in a long time, if ever.  I doubt you’ve been posed with that question in conversation with your kids because we don’t usually think about attributing a price to daily living.  But, I want to ask you to put a few minutes of thought into that question now.  How much does life cost? 

When I ask people that while I’m presenting my 25 Hour Day seminar on time management, I often get answers like, “You can’t put a price on it.”, or “It’s priceless.”  I would agree that both of those answers are true, but I think the most accurate and concise answer I’ve been able to come up with is that “LIFE COSTS YOU EVERYTHING!” 

Think about it…you start out in life with nothing (your parents let you use their “stuff”, but it isn’t really yours).  You trade the first 18 or 20 or 22 or 24 years of your life getting an education.  Then, you spend your time to get a paycheck, and you trade your paycheck to get your “stuff”.  After that, you spend your time to get a paycheck, and you trade your paycheck to get married.  Next, you spend your time to get a paycheck, and you trade your paycheck to get “stuff” for your kids.  Hopefully, at some point, you spend your time to get a paycheck, and you trade your paycheck to send your kids off. (From what I understand, more of them have started coming back rather than staying gone.)  After that, you spend your time to get a paycheck, and you trade your paycheck to remodel your house one last time.  Finally, you spend much of what you’ve accumulated over the years while you were trading your time for a paycheck to get your medicine, and pay for hospitalization and final arrangements.  In the end, once all of that is paid for, somebody else gets whatever you had left from the time you spent accumulating.  You started with nothing and you end with nothing.  As I said, I believe life costs you everything.

If you agree with me and adopt that mindset, you’ll be more aware of how costly it is to spend, or even worse, to waste your time.  You’ll be more likely to guard against losing time that you’ll never get back and that will never pay you back in any way.

Waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses. – Benjamin Franklin