It's not money. It's not knowledge. It isn't even love or affection.
No, the most precious gift you can give someone is your time.
Because it's the only thing you can give someone that you won't ever get back.
The time you spend calling someone on the phone, writing them a letter, or paying them a visit is time that will never be returned to you in this lifetime.
That's why we should always appreciate the time people take out of their busy schedules for us, just as they should be grateful for the time we carve out for them.
There are only so many hours in a day. We should all aim to make as much time for the people who matter most to us while reserving some time for ourselves as well.
Between work, family, household chores, and hobbies, free time is very hard to come by for many of us. But the more effort we put into managing our time, the less likely we'll feel any one person or area is getting the short shrift.
Unfortunately, sometimes we confront situations that make us wish we could get that time back. We see a disaster of a movie. We go on a terrible blind date. We hit up an amusement park or ballgame, only to find that the venue is closed because of inclement weather.
There are certain things in life that are inevitable, and we shouldn't beat ourselves up over it.
Focus on the things you can control: visiting your doting aunt more often, investing time into a project you've put off for years, traveling to another country on your bucket list.
People make a big deal about money -- as if it were the be-all and end-all -- but time is really the biggest treasure afforded to us. Once our time runs out, that money isn't coming with us! Time buys happiness more than money does.
Live for today and always strive to make the best use of your time. If you see that certain people in your life don't appreciate it, don't squander any more of it on them.
How much do you covet your time? Do you relish it more than you do money or other resources?