Poet Carl Sandburg once pointed out, “Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

There are a multitude of methods and products that are supposed to help you manage your time.  The problem with most of them is they don’t work all that well any more as our world speeds up and our to-do lists grow exponentially.

Self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden’s counter-intuitive thoughts on time management is explained in the following TEDx Douglasville talk, “How to Multiply Your Time.”

The book Vaden mentions in his video is one he wrote.  The name of the book is PROCRASTINATE ON PURPOSE: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.  It came out in January, 2015 and it was an instant national bestseller.

Here’s a poem:


People tell me

Money buys time and

Money buys freedom

And that is why

(Or so people tell me)

They spend all their time

Pretending to be those wild cowboys,

Those rodeo “champeens,”

Chasing money down

And wrestling it to the ground

To the cheers from the assembled fans…

Which is sort of peculiar to me

Since in real rodeos

Those wild bulls don’t ever

Seem to do anything

‘Cept stay wild

So those cowboys can go on

Chasing them down and

Wrestling them to the ground

As the fans go mad.




People tell me

They spend all their time

Locked in step with

All the others

In this ticktock world

Chasing down elusive bits of

Specially printed paper

That flutter in the wind,

Moving away…always away.

They tell me

They have no time for freedom right now

Because they’re wrapped around

In the chains of their commitments and obligations

That depend on their presence at all times

Overseeing all this herding of money.

Corralling all those cash cows.




There are whole libraries

Of books about money –

How it talks and what it says,

How it moves inside your head,

How it grows and what it knows,

How it flies and how it dies.

It sure takes a lot of time

To learn about money.

It takes up lifetimes.

All this stuff generates a lot of head-scratching,

A lot of movement and activity.

There are whole colleges full of

Eager-beaver students

Learning ’bout money.

There are entire cities

Of people devoted to

Chasing and wrestling down money.




I’m sorry, but I’ve gotta ask a stupid question:

This time and freedom that money is supposed to buy?

Who does it belong to?

By Netta Kanoho

Picture credit:  Coins by Ruth Hartnup via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

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6 thoughts on “THE ONLY COIN

  1. Marley Dawkins says:

    There are some fascinating insights here Netta. I have to say I really enjoy TED talks, and that Rory Vaden chat on multiplying our time really makes a lot of sense to me.

    I would personally say that the more money we have then the easier it is for us to manage our time, because we have so much time to breathe and enjoy ourselves thanks to money.

    1. Hey Marley…thanks for the visit and the comments. I’m glad you enjoyed the Vaden talk.

      My jury’s still out on the thought that more money makes managing our time easier. From what I can see, having more money just makes the dance different. The important question, I suppose, is whether you like that dance better than the one you are doing.

      Please come again….

  2. Interesting thoughts here my friend :). Time is really a very valuable asset and we should be careful how to use it. Thank you for this great reminder because it seems that every now and then I (and other people too) need a reminder on this subject. I believe that we all live eternally like the Bible teaches but this life (usually about 70-90 years on earth) decide how and where we are going to spend our eternity. In hell or in heaven.

    I like to think also many times what is my purpose here. Why am I here? What will be left to the world when I leave? I want to leave something valuable that can help people to have a better life. What do you think about all of this? 🙂

    1. Hey Roope: Thanks for the visit and for your comments. I did a post about those very questions, A Question or Two where I explore them my own self. You might like it. Please do come again….

  3. Hey Netta,
    thumbs up for a great post! I’m always interested in ways to spend my only coin, but I never have the time to truly explore them. I guess there’s much irony in that.
    Your post made me stop for a second and take a look at my surroundings, I’m grateful for that.
    In my opinion, time is always there, ready to perform the transactions we are able to do.
    Its our energy and determination which closes the deal.
    Having more money doesn’t make it easier to manage our time, It simply changes the
    transactions we are able do with It.
    Anyway, just throwing in my two cents,

    1. Hey JT: Thank you for the visit and your comments. Please do come again….

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