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How did it get so late so soon


How did it get so late so soon You Only Have  29,930 Days To Live

"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." - Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

That's right, you have on average just 29,930 days to live. From the moment you came screaming and kicking into this world to the very last day, when hopefully at a ripe old age you pop your clogs peacefully in the middle of the night, that is my friend, your lot.

Let's start by taking away your formative years when you were knee high to a grasshopper, spent most of the time with food down your clothes, and gave your parents some serious lack of sleep (1,095 days).

Then there is the time you went to school, either loving it, hating it, or both to some degree at one time or another.

This comes to 4,745 days.


And let's for good measure add in all that college and / or university time which on average is another 1,825 days.
We get a grand total of 7,665 days - and that was before we even got to really do anything apart from getting drunk and learning a bunch of shit that ain’t really going to make you rich. Especially if you went and did an MBA ;)

That's nearly a quarter of your life gone already.

But today you are not the young adult anymore, you are already over half way in and have used 16,000 of your precious days up already. Did you use them wisely?

Up to this moment you have spent the equivalent of 4,230 days asleep which there isn't a lot you can do about (well that's another article). If you are also a typical person you will unfortunately have also wasted 916 days of those lying
awake unable to get to sleep.

You will have also spent 815 days preparing and eating food, and looking at that number makes me understand where Rob Rhinehart was coming from when he decided to create a food substitute called Soylent. I personally like
my food so I consider that time well spent :)

Now, let's look at work.
Assuming you were born in the early seventies and after college or university in the 90's you went straight to work, you will have spent 1,597 days actually doing a job. Hopefully a lot of those days will have been at a job you really enjoyed.

But more probably you are just regretting the 214 days you spent on the phone or in pointless meeting.

But the shitter here is because you were working you would have also spent 89 days just travelling to and from work, and most of those were before we even got iPods and podcasts to make the journey somewhat bearable.
So that is work done, and if that hasn't depressed you enough then let's now take a look at a typical home life.

You get up in the morning and do your ablutions, get a shower, brush your teeth, and so far you have spent 380 days of your limited time on this earth in the bathroom
- and if you are a woman then you can also add on an additional 69 days for just putting on makeup.
When you come home from work you watch TV, be it Jerry Springer or The West Wing. I am not here to judge, but scaled through childhood until this very day you have probably spent somewhere close to 2,000 days of your life so far in front of the box.

If you don't live in a squalid pit or don't have staff to pick up after you then you will also have spent 800 days or so doing household chores, and if you are female then this number will be significantly higher, especially if you have
children and lazy arsed husbands.  This is it my friend...

You only have 13,870 days left, the last 4,000 or so of which will probably be in failing health, so rounding up a little
You HAVE to make the next 10,000 days of your life count.

I didn’t want to bum you out too much (although I know I probably have), but life is all about taking action, making every moment count, and living the life you want to lead.






How did it get so late so soon? How did it get so late so soon

Its night before its afternoon.

December is here before its June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?

Dr Seuss








It was Dr. Seuss who said, “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”


This afternoon our youngest daughter, Kelli, graduates from Dallas Baptist University, and we couldn’t be prouder. Yep, I’ll be the teary-eyed dad sitting in the stands wondering where in the world have all the years gone?


Seems like yesterday we moved to Arlington (Aug. 1992) and a few months later (March 1993), God blessed us with a baby girl. We named her Kelli Elizabeth. I still remember bringing her home for the first time. I actually had a car accident on the way to the hospital. (I’d love to say it was pure excitement and anticipation. In reality, the guy in front of me stopped, and his tail lights weren’t working. He said it was a rental car. I didn’t bother to debate or discuss anything with him. I had a baby daughter and wife to pick up.) Today, our baby daughter will get her diploma and begin a new phase of her life. How did it get so late so soon?


Kelli has had a remarkable four years at DBU. On the dean’s honor roll, serving in ministry all four years and as President of Zeta Chi, one of the largest sororities on campus – and she’s not even a Baptist!


This afternoon will mark the end of an era in our lives: raising and educating our kids. When we started, Janis and I carved out a list of traits we wanted our kids to have. I’ve shared it before. But here is that list again.


We wanted our kids to have:

1. A personal relationship with Christ.

2. A realization that you’re loved unconditionally by your family. (No matter what.)

3. A positive attitude toward life. (The way you look at life is the way life looks at you.)

4. A passion to be the best you can be. (In everything you endeavor to do.)

5. A determination to help other people be the best they can be.

6. The ability to admit when you’re wrong.

7. A thankful disposition. (Be grateful.)


God has graciously answered our prayers, and all three of our children have surpassed our greatest dreams.


As Katie, Matt and Kelli were growing up we would always remind them of the same three things: 1. Remember who you are. 2. Be a leader, not a follower and, 3. If you get in trouble, you can always call home. Thankfully, they never got in trouble, have always been leaders, and have always made us proud. It will be a memorable moment for all of us today as we sit as a family, witnessing the youngest among us, Kelli, achieve this latest milestone in her life.


Kelli, your mom and I are so proud of you and the beautiful, godly woman you’ve become. We can’t wait to see what God does next in your life.


Dr. Seuss was right. “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”


We’re committed to making the most of every moment to come.






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