Not only am I a prison mentor. I am also a fatherless youth and at-risk teen mentor. Its not easy having kids and teens listening to you, but I talk to them in a way that is on their level and use different metaphors were they can relate and get the message I want them to get. Plus I haven’t had the best life so I can relate to anything they share with me. The following is an email I sent out to my at-risk teens a few months ago. They were complain to me about their lives and I let them know they were wasting time that they cant ever get back. If your reading this and an adult you know what I’m talking about as any of us wish that we could go back to be 15-19 years old and be able to change a lot of mistakes we made during them ages:
“Young adults what’s up this is Leonard. I’m emailing you as a lot of you have been complaining to me that your parents don’t understand you, you want and need money for material things and you feel that you are no happy. Well I can only smile as I’m going on 43 years old and myself and billions of other adults wish they could go back in time and be your ages again. Many of you like to talk to me about money so let me say this. What if I told you there was a bank that credits your bank account each morning you wake up with $86,400 dollars. It carries no balances over from day to day. Every morning your account gets deleted whatever part of the balance you failed to use the previous day. What would you do if you could get that money? I think everyone of you would draw all the money out of that account right? Well what i said isn’t true but EVERY person on this earth does have something like a bank account and its called “TIME”. Every morning you wake up, you are credited with 86,400 seconds of time.
60 seconds x 60 minutes =3600 seconds
3600 seconds x 24 hrs= 86,400 seconds
Every night you go to bed them 86,400 seconds are GONE and if your blessed to wake up in the morning, guess what? You get another 86,400 seconds to do something positive and right in your life. You get to use them seconds to invest in something that can help make your life better. Each day you are given a new account. If you fail to use them seconds or deposits in the right way that’s your loss. Young people you will never get to ever go back and get a do over in life. There is no borrowing against the seconds you will get tomorrow or in the future. You must live in the present on today’s deposits and invest them wisely. Invest your time in going to school and learning something, in working out and eating healthy and learning everything you can to have a successful adult life.
To realize the importance of the time you are blessed to have. I want you to realize the following:
One Year/ Ask a parent in the military whose was just told they have to stay another year in a foreign country.
One Month/ Ask a mother who just gave birth to a premature baby with health problems.
One Week/ Ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
One Hour/ Ask two people who are waiting to meet each other for the first time.
One Minute/ Ask a father who missed the train for work with 5 kids to feed.
One Second/ Ask someone who just avoided a deadly car crash.
One Millisecond/ Ask an athlete that won a silver medal in the Olympics.
All I’m saying young people is TREASURE EVERY MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE AND TREASURE IT MORE THAN EVER, BECAUSE NOW YOU REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL YOUR 86,400 SECONDS OF TIME YOU GET EVERY MORNING IS.”