Once a famous English literary man gave his friends a riddle-Woodmam


  "What in the world is the longest and the shortest, the fastest and the slowest, the most divisible and the most vast, the least valued and the most precious; without it nothing can be done; it brings to ruin all that is small, and keeps alive all that is great?"

  The wise man Chaddiger guessed correctly, and said, "There is nothing longer than time, for it is never-ending; there is nothing shorter than time, for all one's plans are too late to be completed; time is slowest for those who wait; it is fastest for those who make merry; it extends to infinity and divides to infinity; no one attaches any importance to it at the time, but afterwards everyone expresses lamentation; without time nothing can be done; unworthy of posterity it is forgettable; great it makes them immortal."

  Time is so important that we should be strict about it. Strict adherence to time is a virtue of being a human being and a guarantee of success.

  The great revolutionary Lenin was a strict stickler for punctuality. When he organised a meeting, he always demanded punctuality, regardless of the number of people present. At Lenin's behest, the People's Commissariat kept a clock with a second hand on the meeting table, and any member who was late was recorded by name and noted how many minutes he was late. Lenin seriously warned those who were repeatedly late: "If you are late again, you will be in the newspapers!"

  Washington, the first President of the United States, was also a strict timekeeper. His secretary, who was late several times, argued that his watch was out of order. Washington then bluntly offered, "Or you get a new watch, or I get a new secretary!"

  Punctuality is a moral act. When you are late, you are wasting other people's time, or, to put it more seriously, other people's lives, and it is a sign of immorality.

  The famous educator Makarenko attached great importance to teaching children about time. He said, "From the earliest age, any child should be trained to keep strict time, clearly delineating for them the sphere of action."

  He added: "Getting into the habit of keeping time is a habit of being strict with oneself. Getting up at a certain time is the most fundamental training of the will; it changes the habit of fantasising under the covers. Taking one's seat on time at mealtime is an act of respect for one's mother, one's family and others, and an attitude of self-respect. By keeping strict time in all things, that is the same as upholding the prestige of the parents and obeying the law."

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