Reaching a goal of numbers is a standard writing device. In fairy tales, things are divided into three – ex. three tasks to achieve (look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears or The Three Little Pigs for ample use of three). But any counting will do. Countdowns are popular. Will they defuse the bomb before it counts down to zero? (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises). Or counting up: Can Scott Pilgrim defeat the seven evil exes? Will Julie be able to cook all 524 of Julia Child’s recipes in one year? Even now, Rabbis are reluctantly counting the days left in Elul to Rosh Hashanah.
Judaism, of course, wants us to count our days. “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) I have a countdown clock on my iPhone that I used to note how long until I moved. It kept me more honest about how much time was really left in reality. Websites like numberyourdays.com allow you to easily count up or count down. Continue reading