3000, 2999, and 1

Now that’s a strange title if I ever saw one.  Let’s see if we can make sense of it.

I wanted a number of days to represent roughly 10 years of time.  But, that would be somewhere around 3650, which is not a nice round number, so decided to simply use 3,000.  3,000 days – that’s a lot of days.

But, like most everyone, there are some ‘bad days’ that we cannot avoid.  These bad days take on many shapes.  They can be the loss of a loved one.  It could represent losing a job.  It could represent an accident.  No one really needs to be educated on those bad days, as we all know what they are.

For sake of argument let’s say I have one bad day in my 3,000.  That still leaves 2,999 good, or not bad (some days are neither good or bad), days.  We often think of those bad days.  We wonder if they might come again.  And we wonder when they might reappear.  That gives us 2,999 days to think about the past and worry about the ‘next’ bad day that might be coming in the future.

As I thought about these things, and how they affected me personally, I wondered if others also might have the same problem.  I thought about what a waste of time it was to worry about the 1, and how that worry might affect the 2,999.  How could one enjoy the 2,999 if there was constant worry about the 1?

Now, you can’t just not think about it.  That doesn’t work.  The more you try to forget, the more you remember.  The only thing that seems to work is to think on other things.  After all, the human mind can only really focus on a few things at a time.  If you are thinking about other things, the less you are focused on the 1.  Maybe that is what Paul had in mind when he penned Philippians 4:8:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”


One Response to “3000, 2999, and 1”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    This blog cracked me up! 🙂 I’ve never thought about this but now that you have brought it to our attention, I’m sure I will! There is a whole lot of truth in it though! Thanks for sharing. I’m gonna go “think” on it for awhile! 🙂 Blessings….

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