The following was reportedly found in the billfold of Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, after he died in 1982. The author is not known.

Imagine that you had won the following PRIZE in a contest:  
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your personal use.

However, this prize comes with this set of RULES:

  • Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away.
  • You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
  • You may only spend it.
  • Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
  • The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, “Game Over!”
  • It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally 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.  Shocked?  Oh, but it’s true!  Each of us is already a winner of this PRIZE.  We just can’t seem to see it.  The PRIZE is…….TIME.

  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
  2. When we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.
  3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
  4. Yesterday is forever gone.
  5. 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 quicker than you think.  Take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply, and enjoy life!  Wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day!  Don’t complain about growing old.  Some people don’t get that privilege.
Now, start ….SPENDING!!!





“If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” 
-African proverb




It’s August 2021, and I just returned from my 50th high school reunion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was well-attended and a precious reminder that our bonds are as firm as ever. Sadly, more classmates have died since the event was re-scheduled from last summer. They were missed, and it reminded me how much I also missed my departed family. Yet it made me more aware of the blessing it was to grow up there and to have these longstanding relationships. What a profound feeling it was to feel surrounded by unconditional love! That’s why I’ll keep traveling to our reunions. And now that I’m back in Florida, I vow to nurture these precious connections. After all, life is short, and love matters.

Linda Cobb