Redeem Time While Watching
More lives were lost in this one tragedy than in any other disaster in Chicago’s history. On July 24, 1915, 2,572 people on the excursion steamer Eastland were thrown into the water when the top-heavy boat slowly rolled over while still tied to the dock. Within moments, the waters were churning with frantic people, many of whom did not know how to swim. Among the horrified bystanders was a courageous man who dived into the water to rescue as many as he could. Ignoring the exhaustion that he soon began to feel, he continued to rescue those struggling to survive in the water, realizing that his opportunity to save them was limited.
Time is like a coupon with an expiration date. We must redeem it before the date runs out.