A friend of mine named Ranny and I had an interesting conversation a few weeks ago.
First, a little math:
The average life expectancy in the United States for men and women combined is 78.2 years. That comes out to 28,543 days, 685,032 hours, or 41,101,920 seconds. That’s a big number! Now let’s look at the average #2 pencil. It has been estimated that if you write short words like “of” and “to” you can write approximately 56,832,436 words. If you write longer words like “microbiology” and “advertisement” you can write about 8,118,919 words with that #2 pencil.
If you take the average of those two numbers you get 32,475,677.
You have more seconds in your life (41,101,920) than the average #2 pencil can write in it’s life (32,475,677).
A #2 pencil can write the same old, boring words over and over—“the, of, to, and; the, of, to, and; the, of, to, and…” Writing these words over and over can become repetitious and boring.
But it can also write words like, “Serendipity, eloquence, panacea, love, kindness, opulence, and ebullient.” These words have been voted as being some of the most beautiful words in our language.
An interesting thought:
You hold the pencil. You also hold the seconds of your life.
You are the author. You have a choice.
So my question for you today is this: