The animals met in assembly and began
to complain that humans were always
taking things away from them.
“They take my milk,” said the cow.
“They take my eggs,” said the hen.
“They take my flesh for bacon,” said the hog.
“They hunt me for my oil,” said the whale.
Finally the snail spoke. “I have something
they would certainly take away from me
if they could. Something they want
more than anything else.
I have TIME.”
You have all the time in the world, if you would give it to yourself. What’s stopping you?
— Anthony de Mello – The Song of the Bird (page 136)