It is truly a sign of wisdom to make the most out of every situation, as this story shows.
Two friends were in a car when they had to stop at a red traffic light. The man at the wheel did not say anything and seemed lost in his own world.
The other man began to get irritated and blurted out "The time we waste at these red lights – why, you could write a book!"
The driver still said nothing. After a few seconds his friend said, "Didn't you hear what I said?"
"I was talking."
"Who were you talking to?"
"I was talking to God,” he said calmly. "I've been making it a practice every time I get to a red light to pray for one of my friends. It is wonderful how many people I have on my prayer list and how many I have time to pray for in this way."
The day has 24 hours, or 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. How many of these do we use productively for our own spiritual good, or that of others?
Swami has never wasted time and uses every moment in the service of humanity. He exhorts us not only not to waste time, but also to be careful with everything that God has given to us, by saying:
“Misuse of money is evil. Don't waste money. Don't waste food. Food is God. Don't waste time, because time wasted is life wasted. Don't waste energy. Energy is wasted in idle talk and meaningless wanderings.”
Illustrations: Ms. Vidya, Kuwait
- Heart2Heart Team