As we are preparing for Christmas, whether shopping for gifts or planning to visit relatives, we are making decisions about where we want to be on Christmas Day and is everything as it should be for the big day to be a joyous Christmas for all. Let us pray that all will have a blessed and safe new year.

What has that got to do with the number 29,147? On average, that is the life span of Americans. If converted to years, that would be 79.8 years. Of course, none of us are average so some will live longer, while other’s lives will be shorter. For the purpose of this column, however, let’s use that average number of 29,147.

As with preparing for Christmas, and other things that we do in life, we should always understand where things should be at the end. What do we want the results to look like when we look back at the end of the day or lifetime?

Getting clear on the desired outcome goals allows us to think more creatively and collaboratively on how to successfully accomplish those goals, create an experience and share a process that is transformational. Not having goals for ourselves often leaves us wasting our time and energy. This serves no purpose to ourselves, our family, our friends or our greater community. Life is best when we set goals and strive for them. This is true in sports, work and life. The first step begins with the end in mind.

So back to the number 29,147 and what it means for you. Assuming a lifespan of 79.8 years, you can look forward to living 29,147 days. If you have graduated high school, you are down to 22,500-23,000.

By your early 30s, you’ve got about 16,000 days left. At 60, about 7,000. Wherever you are, with the start of a new year before us, it is a good time to reflect on that which you have accomplished and decide what goals you expect of yourself during the remainder of your life. Ask yourself each morning, how are you going to move forward this day?

Being aware of how finite our lives are can be depressing, but inspiring. Inspiring and prodding one to accept every day as a blessing and daily to ensure that we spend our lives doing those things that make life better for those around us, be they family, friends or the community in which we live.

With the end in mind, are we letting go of fear, are we acting boldly, are we radiating love and realizing the profound grandeur and the goodness of the moment? Are we living in such a manner that both reflects gratitude for what we already have and our passion to realize even bigger things going forward?

Why wait for the specter of COVID-19 to depart to start celebrating the day? Why wait for the perfect time to begin a hobby, start a project or tell others you’re sorry for the sins you have committed against them in thought, word or deed?

Now is a good time for you to forgive those who have transgressed against you. Likewise, it is a good time to express your love for those around you. Why wait for everything to line up perfectly to live better professionally, relationally, personally?

You were born with whatever number of days to fully live. The meter is running, life is fragile, every single day matters. Live your gift of life. Today is your day. Live it inspired.

2021 session begins Jan. 13

Speaking of goals, the General Assembly will begin its 2021 session on Jan. 13 in a way like never before.

The House of Delegates will not be in Richmond but rather in front of computer monitors all around the state.

At least the Senate will be back in Richmond, not at the Capitol, but rather at the Science Museum.

That is probably best considering how corrupted the system has moved from representative government this year.

The logistics are still being worked out. What we do know at this time is it will be more difficult for our constituents to communicate their support or concerns about legislative proposals.

Hopefully, something can be worked out. We welcome your input and need it to properly serve you.

Ruff is a state senator representing parts of Halifax County. Contact him at Sen.Ruff@verizon.net, 434-374-5129 or P.O. Box 332, Clarksville, VA 23927.