Snow Day

Snow Day

In school, we’d get snow days. As kids, this became the best treat in the world. You know what was at play? We’d discovered unaccounted for time. Somehow, we never realized the absolute value of time from this simplest of transactions. Years later, after the fog of adulthood set in, we forget the value of time, especially “found” time.

Yesterday, I recommended that you work while they chewed up days. A bunch of folks disagreed, complained that they needed their free time, that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. You’re absolutely right. You should enjoy time where you can.

But only if you realize that time is, in fact, much more valuable than money. I earn money on work days so that I can enjoy my snow days, my found time. I work hard so that I can shift time around to do my bidding. I spend money so that I can have more time (for instance, I have my laundry done by a wonderful person in town, because it frees me to do work of higher earning potential than the money I spend).

Look for snow days, friends. That’s where wealth really shows its face. Don’t you think? runs on the Genesis Framework

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  • Daniel Decker

    For me, I work hard so I can make it snow.

    It’s fun when everyone else is forced to take a day off too but it’s even more fun to have some degree of control over my schedule so that if I want to “find some time,” I can.

  • Lynne Melcombe

    I think it’s good to do my own laundry (literally and metaphorically) and to teach my kids to do the same. Being part of all that life-sustaining trivia (as opposed to always working to make lots of money except for when we buy snow days) is pretty rarefied way to live. And never mind what life was like in the Missions of California; the vast majority of people in the world today still chop their own wood, till their own fields, haul their own water, and count themselves lucky when they can do those things instead of watching their children starve. Not only do I not hire other people to do my dirty work, I also donate to overseas aid charities and make a point of continuing to donate, even when our family goes through some down times. When you’re feeling down because you can’t afford to go out to a movie, it’s a great reality check to see that $32/month come out of your bank account knowing that it will feed a whole family in Benin for a month. While I agree with the sentiment of focusing on work when you’re at work so that you can enjoy play when you take a snow day, I also think it’s really important to keep doing all those things yourself that keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.

    • Lynne Melcombe

      A mistake above: What I meant to say was, Being part of all that life-sustaining trivia keeps one’s feet on the ground; always working to make lots of money to pay others to do all those things, except for when we buy snow days, is a pretty rarefied way to live.

  • Anonymous

    I like that cool climate very much.. Thanks for sharing this fantastic post..
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  • Sensei Matt Klein

    Time is more valuable than money. Amen, Chris. I am learning that as I get older, time is becoming a rare commodity. It’s important to make every day count. When you work, work like a demon, and when you play, play like there is no tomorrow. Loved the post.

  • electrozoid

    more like yay its a snow day everbody cheers no school hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! videoames! play outside! (without some dumb teacher telling you not to throw a snowball at a peice of nothing(litteraly i threw a random snowball and got in trouble)) AND DO WHATEVER YA WANT! (not anything!!!!!) well snowdays probably gonna be here tomorrow

  • Frankie Cooper

    Excellent point on taking a snow to relax and recharge so that you can be more productive on work days.

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