It’s referred to as “of the essence.” It’s “money.” It’s “fleeting.” It “waits for no one.” It’s been called “precious.”
The Rolling Stones sang it was “on my side” while The Steve Miller Band told us it “keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.” Above all, it’s “a gift.”
You’ve figured out by now that I’m talking about time.
Time means something different to everyone. Ask 18-year-olds what it means to them, and I’ll bet you’ll get a different answer if you ask 88-year-olds. Ask the person who’s just been told they have only weeks to live how they feel about time. I lost a dear friend several years ago in an automobile accident, a 20-something, in perfect health, with nothing but time…or so he thought.
The goal here is not to bring the room down but get a message across that the way we spend our time is probably the most important thing we do! Do we spend time helping others? Do we spend enough time with family? How do we spend our time at our job?
As a 60-something, when a grandchild asks if I’ve got time to hang out with them, the answer is “YES, I’ll make time.” That balance of time at work and time with the people you love is so important. Happy is the one who has that balance figured out.
I know that time is certainly important in our line of work at Phoenix Construction. “Time is money” is a fact, and a phrase we don’t take lightly. Our men and women make the most of their time on the commercial construction site, as well as in the office to ensure that work is done correct and in a timely manner. Phoenix Construction has a proven track record of building on budget, and on time.
My favorite quote about time comes from Harvey Mackay who said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
Time is precious…make sure you spend it with the right people.
Dave Cowley is the Senior VP of Investor/Public Relations at Phoenix Construction.