20,000 Days and Counting

by Larry Hehn on February 20, 2013

20,000 Days and CountingLord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is. – Psalm 39:4

For all my life I’ve struggled with procrastination. Putting things off until the last minute. Doing just enough to get by. Planning to do great things…tomorrow.

Does that sound familiar?

I don’t want to reach the end of my life with a boatload of things I should have, could have, would have done, but didn’t.

In my heart I echo that psalmist’s prayer. I want to live my life with an urgency and focus that reflects the brevity of my time here on earth, and the importance of each day.

Because today could be my last.

Why, then, haven’t I?

I think it’s safe to say – if you and I are asking ourselves that question, we need to change our mind-set.

20,000 Days and Counting is the place to start.

How many days have you been alive? How many would you guess?*

Today is day 16,592 for me.

Author Robert D. Smith reached his 20,000th day back in 2009. He celebrated that milestone by checking into a hotel. Over the next 48 hours, he planned his next 20,000 days. Out of that 48-hour session, 20,000 Days and Counting was born.

In this compact, easy-to-read manual, Smith shares a simple plan that, when applied, will have you living with purpose. Daily.

Our days are already numbered. When you come to the end of yours, what sort of life would you like to look back on?

Why not start that life today?

With the help of 20,000 Days and Counting, you can.

How many days have you been alive? Is the number more or less than you thought it would be?

*To find out how many days you have been alive, Robert D. Smith has provided a “life-calculator” at his site. Check it out!

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Jon Stolpe February 20, 2013 at 6:26 am

I’ve been alive for 15,050 days! It’s gone fast so far.
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Larry Hehn February 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm

It seems to get faster all the time!


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Peter Graham February 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Day 17 033 for me! It’s a clarifying staistic – makes me wonder about all the days I’ve wasted, sometimes deliberately, sometimes in frustration, doing things that don’t really matter. Sometimes I think i wasted those days. seomtimes I think of them days that have helped define who I am today, and since I mostly like who I am today, were they really wasted?

Thanks Larry, now my head hurts!


Larry Hehn February 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Geez, mine too! 🙂
17,033 and counting, Peter!


Juan Cruz Jr February 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

15330 days. It’s more than I thought. But after putting the number into perspective, it’s a pretty high number.
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Larry Hehn February 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Quite a difference between counting in years and days, eh?


Liz McLennan February 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

14329 days. Wow. Staggering.
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Larry Hehn February 25, 2013 at 12:06 am

Yep, breaking it into days gave me a whole new perspective.


Jesse February 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

I still have awhile before I hit 10,000. I’m on day 7960. In 40 days I will be at 8000. Hmmm, 40 days…something significant? What to do what to do.
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Larry Hehn February 25, 2013 at 12:07 am

I like how you already have daily goals, Jesse. Well done!


David Rupert February 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

This thoughtful “numbering of our days” is critical to living a life of significance. 20,000 sounds like a lot — until you pass the 15,000 point. Then, all of a sudden, you ask questions like, “Where did the time go?”

Larry, you ever listen to the band from your motherland — The Boomers? They have an album called 25,000 days. I kind of dig their introspection.

“25,000 days on this journey you’re given
Take away the ones you would like to forget
And it you count the days you were just making a living
Then you get down to it”
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Larry Hehn February 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I had not heard of The Boomers before, David. I will definitely check them out. Great lyrics!


Karl Grey June 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Hi Larry

Well I have been thinking today about an article I read in Goodlife Zen about going to sleep in a positive frame of mind and a link at the bottom took me to Robert D. Smith’s web page.
So I tried the calculator and guess what my 20,000th day on earth is next Sunday 9th June.
So what should I do I ask myself? Can’t let this pass.
Any suggestions?


Larry Hehn June 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Sounds like a great time to plan your next 20,000, just like Robert D. Smith did. Happy 20,000th, Karl!


Lone Traveller July 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

“So many people dwell on negativity and I’ve survived by ignoring it: it dims your light and it’s harder each time to turn the power up again.” by Judith Jamison


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