Do you remember this classic Jack Benny joke? A mugger sticks a gun in Benny’s back and says, “Your money or your life.” Benny pauses, put his chin on his fist, and finally responds, “I’m thinking, I’m thinking.” The audience howls with laughter.
In real life, we all know the right answer to that question. We choose life. But all too often, we act the other way. We act as if money, not time, were our most precious resource. We stay at jobs we don’t enjoy, we delay the family vacation until we have saved a little more, or we endure long daily commutes taking time away from our family.
The next time a mugger approaches you and demands your time, remember Jack Benny, and never forget that time, not money, is your most precious resource.
Got that, Rochester?