The Previous Rebbe coined the clock “a silent preacher”! It never utters a single word — yet when one looks at it and realizes that the hands of the clock (i.e., the hours and minutes) are moving continuously, this will serve as a lesson in making better use of one’s time.

As they age, people often begin to realize how much time they have squandered, saying, “So much more could have been accomplished.” In their youth, however, they postponed and delayed, reasoning that there was [plenty of] time to get it done, saying, “Let me wait until tomorrow….”

This awareness should be brought to people’s attention. As long as one has more years to live, he is considered young and can reprogram himself to appreciate and value time.

This is especially important with the young since they are full of vigor, zest and interest. They must be taught to “grab” and utilize every moment to its fullest.

The preciousness and value of time is a profound lesson that every person should learn. If one allows a moment to pass without utilizing it, he has not merely lost the action or would-be accomplishment, he is also lacking the gift of that very moment itself.

There is an expression in the writings of Mussar which states, “Man worries about losing his money (domov). He is not concerned, however, about losing his days (yomov)!”

This is not to be understood as a validation of this behavior or a description of a legitimate trait, but rather as the greatest protest. Logically, if one is concerned with his monetary gain, how much more so should he preserve and properly maintain his days on earth.

Toras Menachem 5742, Vol. 3, p. 1217; Vol. 28, p. 8; Vol. 6, p. 99