We have it backwards. Time is not money. Money is time.

Time is money implies that everything in life can be reduced to a value in dollars and cents. Money is what really matters, and time only matters as much as the money it produces. If time is money, I will devote my free time to increasing my wealth.

Money is time implies that everything in life can be reduced to a value in time (creative potential). Time is what really matters, and money matters only as much as the time it produces. If money is time, I recognize that money is a tool enabling me to devote my free time to other meaningful activities like spending time with family.

We are slaves to our assumptions. Where do our assumptions come from? Usually they come from our upbringing or our environment (the media). What if we controlled our own assumptions? What if our assumptions came from a source of truth and reason? I think our lives would be healthier, happier, and full of insight and inspiration.

We live in a culture of immediate results. Everything must be easy, instant, or one click away. Whether it be Internet service or waiter service, it must be quick.

So too, we expect our personal growth to be fast and effortless. We imagine the path to acquire positive qualities is like the path to acquire everything else.

Despite our economic achievements, we still can’t purchase patience; despite our technological advancements, we still can’t download discipline. Real character growth requires two ingredients: time and effort.

Do we know really know and understand what is real? Water is real – that much I know. Let’s look at water. Do we really understand water?

We all drink water every day. We put it into our body, and it comes out of our body. What happens when its inside of us? How does it sustain us? It hydrates us. Why is hydration good? Maybe it helps some salt flow from one place to another place. Where is the salt going? Why is there all this transfer going on?

We may know water consists of hydrogen and oxygen, and that we need oxygen to breathe. Why then can we not breathe when we're under water? Doesn’t water contain the oxygen we need?

When we examine water and everything else we think is “real” we quickly realize how little we know. The mysteries of the physical world are far beyond our comprehension. As fast as we can connect to the Internet, we are still cavemen staring in confusion at the stone walls. Humility is the source of wisdom.