It has become painfully obvious to me that a lot of people in this world revolve around money. Hey, I am not against that in the least (I like money), however, for me — it’s not all about the money, it’s about time. More specifically – my time.

I place a great deal of value on my time because I understand that time is the most precious commodity that we have, period. I have to admit that I’ve been quite fortunate thus far, but there have been the occasional few that didn’t value my time and had the “I am the only person who exists in your world” complex. I’ve also had the occasional few who thought I was their personal <insert whatever here> for an indefinite period of time without so much as a please or thank you.

And, no, I’m not righteous. I have been guilty a time or two myself, but I do try my hardest to be gracious when someone is giving of oneself – and by golly I am not about to make extra demands upon them when they’re doing me a favor (that whole – you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar thing…).

Over the last few years, I’ve learned quite a bit about myself and people. I learned that if you don’t value your time, no one else will. I learned that many people will infinitely try to get “something for nothing” if you let them — even if that something is your time. I also learned that ‘no’ is not just a vocab word and you need to trust your gut a lot more.

There are still a number of things I need to (and am still) learning, but for now I just wanted to say — it’s okay to be nice and help whenever you can, but remember that our time is the most valuable thing we have (yes, even more valuable than money).