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Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

“Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty.  You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.” 

Horace Mann


In the United States and Japan, being late is a very big deal and most people strive to be on time in order to respect the rights of others.  Everyone is always on the go and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get the things done that need to be done. Generally, a carry-over to the next day just equates to more frustration and unneeded stress for most.

In certain countries like Italy and Greece, people are a little more laid back and don’t take time so serious.  Being late is not that big of a deal unless you of course interfere with their break times.  They just don’t seem to live by any clocks for the most part.

The concept of time for the Hopi Indian tribe in Arizona in the United States is really interesting.  The Hopi Indians do not even have time in their vocabulary except for two words.  One word represents “sooner” and the other represents “later”.  I suppose the mentality is that sooner or later they will get there.

Most would agree that time is of the essence in most cultures today, however, I guess there is something to be said for taking life a little easier and stopping to enjoy it more often along the way!  After all, we only have a finite amount of time to be late don’t we?


  1. Noelene says:

    My grandmother drilled it into her grandchildren that “being late, keeping someone waiting” was one of the rudest things a person could do. I was subsequently 10 minutes early for my own wedding!

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  2. I am with you on that Noelene! I would much rather be early than late. I can’t stand being late for things.

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  3. I think we all should make an effort to be on time for appointments. It’s a matter of honor and general courtesy, in my opinion. It’s inconsiderate to keep people waiting, unless something unforeseen happens to delay you.

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  4. I totally agree with you Deanie!


  5. jjspina says:

    I think we need to stop and smell the roses from time to time. In USA we are very time conscious and it rules our lives!

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  6. I agree Janice. We need to slow things down sometimes and enjoy life!

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  7. Our power went out for a minute yesterday and I wasn’t keeping track of my phone. So every once in a while I realized I had NO CLUE what time it was and I could have been very late to picking Michael up from school! Lord knows I’ve done that a time or two! But, it was pretty amazing how much I got done when I wasn’t worried about the time.

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