Mastering Life with 20,000 Days and Counting

15, 713 Days.

That’s how many days I’ve been alive as of today.

If I live as long as my great-grandmother, I’ll live another 14,228 days. That means I’m more than half way through my days. I could live more days, or I could live fewer days. Regardless, I’m here now, and that means I have today to experience, cherish, and squeeze the most life out of as possible.

That’s the basis of the book 20,000 Days and Counting; The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now, by Robert D. Smith, aka "The Robert D." as he is known to friends, clients, and followers.

Every page of this book resonated with me. The core message is to live each day completely. It’s something that has been on my mind for years. Within the first few pages, I came across a favorite verse that I try to always remember. I find myself repeating it in my mind whenever I feel as though I’m not purposefully living:

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12

Our days are numbered. We all know we are going to die one day, but we don’t know how many more days we’ll actually get to live. Could be 20,000 more. Could only be one. That can freak you the hell out… or it can spur you on to pursue dreams and goals. 

I’ve often talked about the sadness I felt the last time I saw my grandmother. She was in the hospital, dying. She had tears in her eyes as I rubbed her head and told her I loved her and that it was okay to rest now. The next day, she was gone… and I was left wondering how many of her dreams went unrealized. My grandmother was a beautiful lady with many friends and loved ones. But in the times when we would sit and talk about life, she would tell me about the things that she always wished she would have or could have done. I started to have those conversations in my head around the time she died. Once she was gone, I decided that rather than regret things I’ve never done, I’d begin pursuing them. My Nana taught me one last lesson, and that has been the best lesson of all.

Now, Robert D. Smith offers more to that all important lesson.

This book begins with a compelling author's note:

"I wrote this book so you could read it quickly. Why? Because today could be your last day. Because life is too short. Because you need to understand what you are about to read immediately. Because asking for more than an hour of your time is truly asking a lot. You have important things to do. Critical tasks to accomplish. Milestones to celebrate. More lives to touch."

In 20,000 Days and Counting, The Robert D. offers simple strategies and concepts that enable readers to be 100 percent present and intentional with every passing minute of every day… for the rest of their days. He balances proper planning with living in the moment.

I’m so thankful that I received a complimentary copy of this book. It came just at the right time for us. You see, in about 60 days, my family and I are setting out on an adventure. It’s something we’ve talked about for quite some time now. We’re leaving for at least 365 days. Maybe more. We’re putting almost all of our stuff up for sale or in storage and we are heading out on what my husband is calling a “walkabout.”

We didn’t think we’d be able to do it for a few more years, but things have a way of happening in our lives that allow us (or push us) to take action on our dreams. We've taken what could have been a really bad time in our life and turned it into the opportunity to fulfill a dream and live differently. We’re all pretty excited about the rich experience that is ahead of us. Even with all the planning we’ve done, there are still a lot of unknowns, and likely many opportunities to live in the moment. I can't wait!

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? I'd love to hear all about your dreams!!

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