Time and tide wait for none. So we must acquire the habit of punctuality that means the habit of doing one’s duties at the right time. Man has a lot of duties to perform in his short span of life. But how can he expect to finish them all unless he attends to them in the appointed hours?
Punctuality prevents needless waste of time. The success of both an individual and a nation depends on the proper use of time. Its importance should be realised in different fields of life. If a man gets up late, he has to hurry through his works and the result is that he gets nothing done well. He remains even restless and ever hasty. He may be a man of talent and may have many other virtues, but all these cannot save him from failure or ruin. An unpunctual man keeps others waiting and fails to keep his own appointments.
A merchant who opens his shop late in the day loses some of his customers. An employee who is late in coming to his office gets black-listed and may even get the sack. A doctor who does not keep his engagement not only loses his practice but may even cause his patient’s death! Similarly, a lawyer who fails to turn up in the court to defend his client may lose the case. If a train starts late, it may cause a lot of hazards to its passengers.
Unpunctuality in military affairs is attended with dangerous results. Napoleon lost the battle of Waterloo simply because one of his marshals was a few minutes late in arriving at the battlefield. A student who is regularly irregular in attending his classes loses some of his lessons every day. On the other hand, a student who is punctual never misses any lesson. He follows his routine of studies carefully and prepares his lessons long before the examination and he comes out of it successfully.
The habit of punctuality is almost natural with the Western people, and it is one of the reasons that has made their nations great. We are rather careless about it. We have to be punctual if we have to keep progress in our individual lives as well as in our national aspiration.