$86,400

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This is me at the Oakland A’s “CrossFit Day” participating in a little tailgate throwdown with none other than The Fittest Woman in the World, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, and here she is cheering me on through my last set of front squats @ 155#!  Definitely a moment in life that took my breath away, both literally and figuratively!  😉

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I saw this about a week ago on Frank Somerville’s Facebook page, and had to share it with y’all…

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“It’s called ‘The Magic Bank Account.’

Apparently it was found in Bear Bryant’s wallet after he died in 1982.
Bear Bryant was the longtime coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Here’s what it says:

Imagine that you won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for you to spend.
However there were some rules:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You can’t transfer money into some other account.

3. You can only spend it.

4. Each morning when you wake up, the bank puts another $86,400 in your account.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time.
It can simply say “Game Over!” and close the account.
And you won’t get a new one.

What Would You 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 ……

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 wake to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And 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.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start spending.”

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So often, we get caught up in petty things, small stuff, silly drama, superficial issues, and crap that isn’t going to matter a week from now.  We let the past haunt us, the future scare us, and miss out on the present moment.  We are either thinking ahead too far, or thinking back too much, always missing the here and now.

Now that I am a mother, I am more aware of all this than ever before!  I have a deep, constant fear of dying and not being able to raise my daughter, not being able to see her grow up, get married, and have kids of her own.  If I die tomorrow, how will I want my daughter to remember me?!  What lasting impression will I leave with her?!

I have always appreciated the quote, “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.”

We get comfortable and complacent, even when it’s dysfunctional.  Familiarity can be dangerous.  We take the “easy road,” even if it’s not the right one.  Even when we know better.  We say we’ll do it tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.  We say that when x, y, and z happen, then we’ll do it.  We put things and people off.  We take it all for granted.

I love this concept of $86,400.  I’ll admit, when I read it, I was thinking of ALLLLLL the awesome things I’d do with that money each day ~ Inviting all of my friends and family on an all expense paid trip to Hawaii, or taking friends on a shopping spree, or going on a road trip and paying for all the food and activities, or buying groceries for families in need, or getting my parents a new car…

And then, when I read the end of it, I felt a slap in the face…in a good way, though.  It was that “A-ha” moment that I needed.  That realization of how truly priceless my time is.

Ever since I’ve read this, I have had a new outlook each day.  🙂

How will you spend your 86,400?!

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