Apparently it was found in Bear Bryant’s wallet after he died in 1982. Bear Bryant was the longtime coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Here’s what it says:
Imagine that you won the following PRIZE in a contest. Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for you to spend. However there were some rules:
- Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
- You can’t transfer money into some other account.
- You can only spend it.
- Each morning when you wake up, the bank puts another $86,400 in your account.
- The bank can end the game without warning; at any time.
- It can simply say “Game Over!” and close the account.
And you won’t get a new one.
What Would You Do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?
Actually, this game is real!
Each of us is already a winner of this prize. We just can’t seem to see it. The prize is TIME!
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Each morning we wake to 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 haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
- Yesterday is forever gone.
- Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.
So, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much more quickly than you think. So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life! Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start spending!
It’s a very inspiring story. As with any story I read, I googled it to try to get the origin or validity. It seems the story above was “inspired” by Marc Levy‘s book “If Only It Were True.”
“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent? Of course!
Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a loss whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success.
The clock is running. Make the most of today.”