Since the age of sundials people have been measuring howtime impacts our lives. And while worrying too much about the clock can becounterproductive, keeping a healthy awareness of the minutes in your day can helpyou lead a more purpose-driven life!

Here are three noteworthy quotes from famous writers on time– how it affects our ambitions, our habits and our enjoyment of life.

1. “The future is something which everyone reaches at therate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” (C.S. Lewis)
Time equalizes all; no matter where we stand, all of us receivethe same number of minutes each new sunrise. Your future is unwritten, and yourgreatest aspirations may yet be achieved by moving confidently towards yourpassions.

2. “If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour,instead of idling it away?” (Lord Chesterfield)
We cannot control the past or the future. We can onlycontrol our actions in the moment at hand. This quote reflects the importanceof mindfulness in our lives – thepracticed awareness of how our individual habits in the present moment shapethe course of our greater existence.

3. “You must have been warned against letting the goldenhours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.”(J.M. Barrie)
It’s important to watch the clock, but it is equallyimportant to seek moments of unscheduled enjoyment of life. Some minutes andhours need not be recorded and maximized with activity. Time spent in nature,with friends and family or taking in literature and art can be enriching, evenif you lose track of the hours now and then.

Finally, all we can do is live our best lives possible ineach moment given to us.  Think of the pastwithout remorse, keep an eye on the future without worry, and simply do thebest you can here, in the present.