"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

One thousand marbles...

...as I was perusing the interwebs today I came upon this story, the timing and message could not have been better, I wanted to share.  If after reading this you 'read' something into the fact that I posted it today, you would be right.  100% to be exact.  Enjoy friends...

please remember I did not write this and the author seems to be unknown.

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, of 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 kitchen, 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 volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older sounding man with a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business himself.

He was talking about "a thousand marbles" to someone named "Stan". I was intrigued and sat down to listen to what he had to say. "Well, Stan, 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 man 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 Stan, 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 Stan, 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 Stan, 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."

How many marbles do you have


  1. What a great story, and the lesson should be taught and learned by every one!

    Praying for you, Jojo. May the Lord bless you and guide you in your life's journey.

  2. Wonderful story and so very true. It is unfortunate that most don't realize it until later in life. Just reading it reminded me too.

    You are in my prayers hon and sending you a big hug!

  3. If I could increase the size of the font in this reply it would be at about a thousand.

    TIMES 1000

  4. I have heard this story before and I think it is priceless. No time like NOW time for your family.


  5. My oh my do I need to read this again and again. All of us should.
    Glad you took the time to share it with us
    Praying for you honey
    Love ya

  6. I'll keep this story 'ear-marked' to remind me of how quickly our lives speed by.
    Jojo, you know that you have lots of people praying and sending positive thoughts to you.

  7. Jojo,

    This is a keeper. Bookmarked on my BAR for a frequent reminder.

    Thank you dear.



  8. Wow...this was really, really great!

  9. What an amazing story. Sure makes one think about what a short time we have in this life with our loved ones. Hugs

  10. Jojo, thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I think my post could really split up my followers.....but so be it. I am tired, as are so many people, of 'rolling over' for people.

  11. We're watching our marbles dwindle amazingly quickly in our family as well- our thoughts are with you (((((JOJO)))))

  12. Ohmygoodness, what an amazing concept...!

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing. I think about you often.


  13. Great story... there for a second I thought you were going to tell me you found my marbles but I like the story you told much better, JoJo. I guess you know marble sales will be going up now.



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