I was once sent an e-mail that likened the 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day to money. It went on to ask if you were given that amount of money every morning knowing that you would lose any you did not spend, would you endeavor to spend every cent. Of course you would. It attempts to remind us that we need to use every second of every day to its fullest. That is so true, except . . . .I spend approximately 8 hours out of every 24 sleeping or 28,800 seconds. Does that mean I have squandered that time? No, I am recharging.
Now this brings up another problem. How you speak and how you are understood. I could say that I am not responsible for what you hear, only for what I say. But that is not quite accurate. I am a big believer that it is not how well you speak that is important but how well you are understood. One may speak correctly and still be misunderstood. Why? The person or persons you are speaking to may not speak exactly the same way you do. Their comprehension may be at a different place than yours. For example – the word rug – it has different meanings depending on where you live. In England a rug is a blanket. In Canada a rug is a carpet. My point is that if you are going to chastise someone for squandering time make sure it is the appropriate amount. We all need some down time!