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At my house, time reigns supreme.  We have a clock in every room. In my office I have two clocks on the wall.  One is accurate up to the second.  The other one is a broken clock.  It’s there as a constant reminder to me that even a broken clock is right twice a day—6:37a.m. and 6:37 p.m.

Why is time important to me now?  My ignorance of the importance of time can be judged by how I went through life as casually as a stroll in the park.

Now when I say that I appreciate and treasure every precious moment, I sincerely mean it.

Every second counts. My life changed in just a split second. April 30, 1975, when the North Vietnamese Communist Party took control of the entire country of Viet Nam, my life changed drastically from a settled, stable life style to that of a drifter and a citizen of no country. I went from being a care-free, innocent youth to a life warrior!

I missed so many opportunities. I did not properly say good-bye to my father before I left Viet Nam as one of the “boat people” and ventured on an uncertain journey.

As Sina Farabi wisely observed, “Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life…”

Every second counts. If you don’t believe me, just ask marathon runners the difference that one second can make. It can mean the difference between being a champion or a second-place winner.

Every second counts.  If you don’t believe me, just look in the eyes of the loved ones of Emergency Room patients. Praying for survival, every second counts, every second is a matter of life and death.

Time matters! Time has its own urgency in relation to you, me, and everybody who understands the value of time.

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