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30,000 Mornings

This is your life; don’t miss a day of it.

30,000 mornings, give or take, is all we’re given. If you’re 26, you still have 20,000 left. If you’re 54, you still have 10,000. An accident or illness could change all that, of course. But let’s count on you to remain safe and healthy all your allotted life—in which case you still have plenty of time. Sort of.

“We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well,” wrote composer and author Paul Bowles, who lived to the ripe old age of 32,442 mornings. “Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really.

“How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”

30,000 mornings. We’ll spend some of them on the treadmill, or fighting traffic, or standing in line at the Starbucks store. Just be sure to spend some of yours seeking and savoring the real beauty, mystery, and adventure of your days. This is your life, your one and only life—don’t miss a day of it.


1)    This is your life, and there is no such thing as an insignificant day.
2)    Your days are far more valuable than your money.
3)    You can always get more money, but you can never get more days.

An excerpt from the best-selling book, “7” How Many Days of the Week Can be Extraordinary? by Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamada.

One thought on “30,000 Mornings

  1. My good friend Evelyn Williams steered me to you. I met Evelyn on a Seabourn Cruise. Your quote was similar to an Italian….years ago. “You can always make more money, but you cannot gain more time”. Something similar to what you have quoted. I have gone through a difficult divorce with a man I trusted and was married to him for 37 years. Probably the first man I ever trusted….only to find out that he has cheated a good portion of my life with him. He fell in love with a woman 20 years younger than he is…10 years older than our daughter. With friends like Evelyn Williams, it made my adjustment easier. I have micromanaged building 6 homes for x’s career goals. Fortunately I had that ability and building a new home for myself is a sheer pleasure.

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