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78.8 years – that’s the average number of years that we are expected to live . That doesn’t seem as old as it used to be. The seventies used to be reserved for grandparents and great-grandparents in my life.
I celebrated my 50th birthday this year (an age I once associated with my parents).
I’m a “glass-half-full” guy, so lets round up and expect a 79 year lifespan. That means I have:
29 Wedding anniversaries
29 Summer vacations
29 Years to love and encourage my kids
29 Years to love and cherish my wife
29 Years to pay taxes!
29 Years filled with possibility
29 years to make a difference
Next year, the number 29 shrinks to a 28. The question is, “How will I live this next year?”. Will I seize it, cherish it? Will I see the opportunities? Will I realize those things that are most important? Will I eliminate those things that are non-essential, distracting, and not worthy of occupying one of the next 29 years?
I love to learn about productivity and efficiency. It seems I’m always challenging myself to get more work accomplished with less effort.
But here’s the deal, it’s senseless to focus all our time on getting great at things that don’t matter if it distracts us from that which is important.
Pursuing productivity makes sense if we become more efficient with the “trivial many” in order to gain more time for the “important few”.
The math is simple: 79 – current age = years left.
Will you live your “years left” with intention and purpose?
Do the math,
ponder your path,
note  – USA Today – Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high