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What Would You Do if You Get $86,400 Everyday But You Must Spend it All in One Day?

Spend $86,400 every day or you have to return what you did not use at the end of the day, what would you buy?


Money can buy us a whole range of pretty things. If we have an abundance of money, we can travel all around the world, buy a mansion, own a supercar and provide for the whole family throughout their lives. Being rich is often equated to happiness and contentment.

Time, on the other hand, is an intangible thing that people also chase for a variety of reasons: deadlines, more bonding with family and the like. Time is of the essence not because we need to accomplish so many things in a particular period, but because time in a day can run out and the next thing we know is it has gone forever.

Which is more important to you? Money or time? Think about it, read through the book excerpt below and ponder on which of the two essential things matter more. This was taken from the 1999 book of Marc Levy entitled “If Only It Were True.” If you love the 2005 movie, “Just Like Heaven” starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, then you might find this more meaningful as the film was based on this book.


“Imagine that you have a bank account which gives you $86,400 every morning when you wake up. Whatever you don’t use up during the day gets taken back. Question: what would you do with the money?

Of course, you would spend every dollar on your own pleasure and that of others whom you love. You would devour every cent from this magical bank, take the opportunity to make everyone around you as happy as you could with it. Maybe you’d even end up giving some of the money away to those who you didn’t know — because you probably couldn’t spend all of it on yourself and those close to you in just one day.

So what am I getting at? Each of us has such a bank — it’s name is time. The horn of plenty, which is constantly pouring out the seconds of your life. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. And there’s no getting round the bank’s other key rule: it could close your account at any moment without warning; your life can end at any second.

So what are you doing with those 86,400 seconds? You must live in the present, on today’s deposits. Invest it, so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”

Now, can you tell us which among time and money matters more in your life? Let us know in the comment box below and share this post to your family and friends too!

Source: Marc Levy, IMDb



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