I read something recently, I think it was in a book about the wandering Pureland monk Ippen, and it was talking about the distance (from here) to Amitabha's Pure Realm, and of course, it's some ridiculously large Buddhist number. But the explanation was that this number isn't really about physical distance, but is meant to illustrate all the many, many various types of mental hindrances. So when a Buddha is described as having taken so many uncountable eons or kalpas to attain full realization, it isn't really talking about time per se, because of course time means very little to a Buddha who is in no hurry to go anywhere. But rather, it is meant as pertaining to us here and now, and about the effort one needs to make. Since buddhahood is basically an egg waiting to hatch, you already have it, essentially. it just has to hatch.
Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth. Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.