For many of us who have promised to make good use of our time this year, we should learn a thing or two from the man who invented the world's first clock- Father Time.
We glance at the clock on the wall, the timer on our computer, the watch on our wrist at least a hundred times a day. Yet, we have never thought much of the man who invented the seconds, the minutes and the hours.
Except for Mitch Albom, who asked these provoking questions.
How did Father Time discover time?
Was he a victim of his own invention?
In response, Mitch Albom tells a gripping tale of this man- ancient, haggard and clutching an hourglass-who had to endure the agony of his eternal and meaningless existence, as a penance for discovering time.
Through the eyes of Father Time, we are breathlessly taken through the lives of two very different people. We ache for the one trying to slow down time to live another day, and we fear for the one who is trying to speed up time and give up on life.
We watch them battle with time and wonder how different are we in our lives. Our frail attempts to manipulate time, which cast a shadow upon the things that we should be focusing on instead.
At the end of it, one realises that the true appreciation of time is to immerse into every second of it, until time has gone by without us realising it.
And that's the ideal that Mitch Albom attempts to portray in The Timekeeper- a world without time. A world without the bane that Father Time had mistakenly invented, and for which he had to be punished for.
For without it, we will stop clock-watching and enjoy the moment.
And, that's the one true New Year resolution that we should all make this year.