One Thousand Marbles

 I came across this and wanted to share with you:

 

A few weeks ago, I turned the volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. He was talking about “a thousand marbles” to someone named “Tom.” I was intrigued and sat down 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 my workshop next to the radio. 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 God has  blessed me with a little extra time to be with my loved ones……

 

“It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved  ones, and I hope to meet you again someday. Have a good morning!”

 

You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show’s moderator didn’t have anything to say for a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that morning, then go to the gym. 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,” I said. ” It has just been a long time 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.”

 

This certainly is thought provoking and helps to put a perspective on things doesn’t it? 

We should remember to count our blessings with every new day,  

Judi

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10 responses to “One Thousand Marbles

  1. Time with family is the one thing most people would like more of, yet it’s also the thing we waste.

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  3. Hi Judi! Thanks for telling me who sang ‘Thanks for the Memories’. I just don’t know everything! lol
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

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  5. I have heard this story before and it never fails to make me pause and reflect on what a blessed life I am leading.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog recently. It really touched my heart and meant so much.

    Come on over and celebrate life on my blog!

  6. Hi again, Judi! I’m so glad you liked my table! Oh, I’ll be waiting for that bathroom snap of you! Bite the bullet and do it!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. That is a remarkable story, it really helps to put perspective into life. I think I may go out and purchase some marbles as well. I am lucky to have many marbles left ahead of me, barring any accident of course.

  8. Kay Bennette

    Thank you

  9. Good morning, Judi~ Thanks for popping in to see me today! Yes, I love to go to Las Vegas . I’m not a gambler, but can find plenty to do that I just love! Yes, I can’t believe how many folks are snapping away. I’m waiting on you too, dear!! lol
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  10. The love that story!! :)I wanted to personally invite you to Screaming Meme’s Faux School….my on~line fauxing class…I teach different techniques…like antiquing,distressing,fooling the eye,crackling…and more…Come over and check it out! Hurry…Your late to class!:)

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