Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance.

— Isaiah 55:2


I don’t mean to be rude but there is not much time.

The clock is ticking.

I know that you are young now and that every part of your body works. I know that you wake up in the morning and the bed feels soft against your skin. I know that your joints don’t ache and that you didn’t exhaust yourself by having to get up three times to pee last night.

I know that the world, that your life, is spread out in front of you like a section-line road out west of Wichita.

But that is going to change.

You will get up every morning, fill a bowl with cereal and put sugar on it one spoon at a time. You will empty your sugar bowl and refill it from a 5-pound bag. You will empty that bag and get a new one. This will continue day after day and year after year and soon — before you know it — you will be in your fifties and wonder how the hell that happened.

By that time, I will be working my way through the digestive systems of those spineless hermaphrodites that fit so nicely on the end of a fish hook.

But don’t let that upset you. After I do my hitch as worm poop, I can become a dandelion and annoy a lot of people. And you know how much I like that.

Anyway, I am digressing. Our days pile up on us. It takes so long to develop any brains at all and while we are becoming smart enough to know that we are idiots, our bodies are going south on us. Depending upon how you look at things, that might seem like a fair trade, but then your brain starts playing tricks on you too. You start going into rooms and forgetting what you are in there for. You can’t always call up a name when you want it. It can be embarrassing.

While I am not nearly done-for yet, and I can do more with a five-minute phone call than a 20-year-old can do all day, you still have way more of one thing than I do: time. You can trade your time for money, but you cannot trade money for time. It is a one way street.

You can sell it but you can’t buy it. When you learn to organize yourself, you can make better use of it, but when it is gone, it is gone. The most important decision that you make is how you spend it and who you spend it with. Find that right person to spend you life with. If you get that one right — like I did — then even if you are a fool — like I am — your life will be okay.

Put away money on a regular basis. Exercise daily. When you have to buy something expensive that you are going to use in your work, don’t skimp or you will regret it. Don’t waste your time trying to change someone else’s political opinion.

Oh, yeah, if you can, give your parents grandkids. They are the best.

— Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, Oklahoma, blogs at redneckmath.blogspot.com and okieinexile.blogspot.com. He invites you to “like” the National Association of Lawn Mowers on Facebook.