(May 30, 2006)
Life is full of unexpected surprises. There are many opportunities when one can secretly wish for something exciting to happen – something out of the ordinary. The real surprise is when the wish unexpectedly comes true. I never believed that something like this could ever happen to me; such a thing that would make me stop and look back at the events in awe. I think you would agree that something as simple as being lost in the forest for less than ten minutes should have no influence on my life. If you do agree, that makes both of us wrong.
Throughout my childhood, I loved the wild. My family and I would always go for a walk in the downtown forest of Coote’s Paradise. There were many times I thought of what could happen if we were to lose our way from the trail and have to live off of the land until we found our way back to civilization. I thought it would be the greatest experience ever.
As my brothers and I grew older, we continued to go for these walks with our parents but the dreams of living in the forest I soon forgot. That’s when it happened. We decided to take a different path off the main trail. Before I knew it, the path had disappeared and no one in my family could tell where we had come from. It was so unexpected. It gave me a feeling of excitement that can’t be described. Everything in the forest seemed different. The trees were a deeper shade of green. The birds chirped in a different tone. Vines covered almost every inch of the ground. One part of me never wanted this moment to end. I felt completely free from the stress of my life outside of the woods. It was this moment that I realized that I would much rather stay here for the rest of my life than go back to society.
I think that another reason that I felt carefree was because my parents didn’t panic. They took the situation under control and headed for any open area in hopes to find a map (many of these maps were found throughout the grounds, telling you where you were). From my point of view, at the time, it seemed as if they were excited as I was about losing our way. In the end, it only took my parents ten minutes to find such a map and we were back on the trail in no time.
An experience like this made me think about my place in life. I’m the type who loves seeking out adventures. When we were lost, I realized that I had everything I would ever need with me – my family. They’ve always supported me in everything I do. This experience made me realize that families need to stick together; you don’t realize how much you need them until, for a moment, you think they’ll be the last people you see for the rest of your life.
It’s incredible how much a simple thing like being lost in a forest for ten minutes will affect your outlook on life. Things like not being able to find your way back to where you came from make you appreciate the little things in life. Looking back on the day, I realize now that it was fate. Moments like that are few and far between and should be taken as a lesson. Surprises like this were, and always will be, an unexpected gift for all.
Introduction: Time is always fleeting. It never stops. It listens to no one’s request and never comes back. Still it is the most precious thing in human life. The man who knows the value of time never wastes a single moment.
Man must fill every moment of his life with work. The right way of using time is to get the best out of it. The length of life is not measured by the number of years lived, but by the manner in which the time of life was spent.
How to use it? Men often complain of the shortness of time. The forget that “we live in deeds, not in years“.
Most people have much more time than they know what to do with. Many people lose a great deal of their time by laziness. They often take rest, and loll and yawn in a great snug chair. They tell themselves that they have not time to do anything then. They are filled neither with pleasure nor with business. Absence of occupation is not rest. No enjoyment on earth is as real as the proper use of time.
People often complain that they do not know how to spend their time. However, time may be fruitfully employed in fulfilling social duties. To teach the illiterate, to relieve the needy and to comfort the afflicted are duties that fall in our way almost every day. All these are noble deeds. They bring great satisfaction to the person who devotes his time to them.
How to spend leisure hours? Some people find no employment for their leisure hours. They can think of nothing to do when alone and solitary. However, they can easily utilize such time in study. Of all the proper methods of employing our leisure hours, there is none as valuable as the reading of good books. The great writers are our best friends and companions in life. While reading them, we live with wise thoughts and right feelings, and find the proper way of life. We may also spend our leisure most agreeably in honest and pleasant conversation with a good friend. Such conversation may ease the mind, improve the power of understanding, and increase the stock of knowledge. A man can also fill the vacant hours of life by developing a taste for music, painting, gardening and similar other pleasant pursuits.
Importance of time in Student Life: Let us take the case of a student. Student life is a period of preparation for the future career. A student should, therefore make the best use of his time to qualify himself to be a worthy citizen of his country. He must not while away his time. His chief duty is to learn, and he must devote his time mainly to that duty. He must set apart some time for games and physical exercise. He should have some recreation, too. Physical exercise and recreation will make him fit to spend his time for good purposes and help him to do his duties well.
Time well spent leads to success: Success in life does not come by itself. One has to struggle for it, and the struggle means the proper and active use of time. An idle man has no regard for the value of time. So he meets with failure at every step. Time properly utilized means more work, and more work means more success.
Conclusion: The present-day struggle of life requires everybody to be alert about time. If we have any aim in life, we must use our time properly to reach the goal. If we want success, prosperity, and happiness in life, we must cast off idleness. Time flies fast. We should catch it before it flies, and make the best use of it to receive the blessings of God.
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