You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to…

We know this old adage.

For the past five years, my desk has contained a sign that reads the following:

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jeferson, and Albert Einstein.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Millennials will edit this assertion to include Beyoncé, Bill Gates, and [insert another famous person who does well financially and socially].

This sign has sat on my desk for so many years now that, unless noticed by a colleague, I have fallen numb to its offering. Yesterday, for some reason, I was drawn to reading the quotation over and over. Several hours after this revisit, I received an email from a good friend who, without conscious connection, shared the following quote with me:

“Everything changed the day I figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in my life.”  -Brian Andreas

Of course, I gasped.

And then I started to reflect.

While there is no way to compare my actual days to those of Michaelangelo or Beyoncé, I am now extra conscious of the most important things in my life.

I do have the capacity for those (and to evaluate them).

I have another friend whose dad says, “You should love your job and your bed – you spend the most time there” (stay with me, it’s all is in the same wheelhouse). Friends, if possible, get a comfortable bed/mattress/sleeping apparatus. Next, and more important, think about your days. Outside of sleep and work (which are critical, don’t get me wrong), how are you spending your time? 

Are you happy?
Are you taking care of yourself?
Are you prioritizing the important stuff?
Are you just trying to stay afloat?
Are you failing to stay afloat?

Sure, sometimes we don’t love going to work because, well, work. And sleep patterns come and go. But at the end of the day, how are you contributing to experiencing a happier and healthier life? Are you in a place or time where you feel good? Do you feel good? Are you filling your days with the important things in your life?

Do you know the important things in your life? 

After bills are paid and life is taken care of, where do you pour your extra energy? Do you have extra energy? Can you have extra energy?

Will you give yourself permission to have extra energy?

…the important stuff awaits.

Time, ticking,


*Photo from… pretty much everywhere on the internet

4 thoughts on “You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to…

  1. Love this. Time – the only thing we can’t get more of. Use it wisely – – Aunt Dianne!!! Love your writings. I always make time for them as it is very well spent!


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