Time, is the only factor which is limited in life. Everything else you might stretch, elongate, increase since your birth but time is the only constraining factor which is extremely limited. There are only 24 hours in a day but how you spend the best part of those 24 hours is what shall determine your success or failure in life.
Have you ever stopped at a sea-shore and watched the ebb and flow of the tides of the sea? No matter, how much you want to hold it in the cusp of your hand, it shall flow back and the next tide shall return. Similarly, it is with time. The passage of time shall go on at its own pace, no matter how sad, miserable or happy and delighted you be. It is another matter altogether that moment of grief seems so prolonged and moments of ecstasy seem so transient.
The essence of the proverb is then to make best use of the allotted time in creative and positive pursuits rather than in negative and time-wasting pursuits. Time once lost can never be regained. So if in the age- appropriate situation, you do not make favorable use of time, you shall have to remain in regret for the rest of your lifetime. A student who shields away his school years in idle pursuits shall always feel the pinch of lack of education, no matter how high he reaches or how far he travels. If you do not spend hours of warmth and comfort in the company of loved ones, you will always feel the pinch of it once you lose your parents or your children grow up or the love of your life walks away.
Remember that all great people who have registered their names in history or made life-changing contribution to the annals of human history also had access to same 24 hours in a day. It is the manner in which they utilised their 24 hours which made each hour of the day count. We can either while our time in idle, mindless pursuits or browsing through inane social networking sites, or indulging in gossip and back-biting or spend hours complaining or bribing about the state of our life, society, country or world or step up our game, rise up to the occasion and do something positive about it to wield constructive changes.
Whether be it learning new things, paying more attention to our physical fitness, connecting with our friends and family, putting in more productive hours at work, let us make each and every moment count in our life so that at the end of the day, we can go to sleep at peace knowing that the day has been well-spent.
Grab every opportunity that comes in your way, lead every day as the last day of your life and wake up every day as if it is the first day of your life. There can be no greater mantra for success.