It is Saturday. . . . . .

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Here is a story that will bring full circle how to take stock of what is really important in life. The source is Anonymous – as I received by email in mid 90’s.

1000 Marbles

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the backyard patio with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I turned the dial up to listen to a Saturday morning talk show I heard an older sounding gentleman, with a golden voice. You know the kind, that sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles".

I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say...

"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital."

He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities."

And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles.

" "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years."

"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.

Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part."

"It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy."

"So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away."

"I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time."

"It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again.

You could have heard a pin drop on the radio when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work that morning. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."

"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a while since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

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    awesome thought provoking thanks
    1880 days ago
  • JOSIE2013
    Makes you think...
    1880 days ago
    What a inspiring story....That will be playing over and over in my mind for awhile now....Thank you so much for sharing... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1880 days ago
    Oh My gosh I love this story! Thank you for sharing emoticon
    1880 days ago
    Oh, my, what a truly beautiful story to begin my day! I'm going to share this if I may with my dear husband. We're both retired and not getting out and truly living. This story is a loving reminder that tomorrow is promised to no one. My husbands favorite quote is "Life is not a dress rehearsal" and I'm going to remind him of that, also.

    Thank you for sharing this today! You just never know when you'll reach out and touch someone's heart, huh! God bless you! Wishing you a comfortable, peaceful day and weekend!
    1880 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! You are an amazing lady with all your upcoming trials and a great attitude and softness of spirit. Thanks so much for sharing this morning and have a beautiful Saturday! emoticon Love, Chelsea
    1880 days ago
    So true our days are numbered We live to fullest each day of our life There are sunset and sunrise rainbows The pure things in life. in each day.
    1881 days ago
  • DARJR50
    Great story.
    1881 days ago
  • ROX525
    Wow...Thank you.
    1881 days ago
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