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Finding My Lost Marbles - A Modern Day Parable

Time is one of our most precious gifts. Yet, it is the one thing we take most for granted. Think about it. What says “I love you” more than when we give our time to someone else. If you knew when you were going to die, how would you spend those final days, weeks or months? I don’t know about you, but I know my priorities would change. The thing is, no one is guaranteed tomorrow. In fact, our tomorrow could be today.

I was listening to Joel Osteen the other day as I drove to work.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning. I was thinking about all the things I could be doing on such a gorgeous day.  But, I was behind at the office.  There was work to do … and lots of it!
I needed this Saturday to catch up.  But, do we really ever catch up. Can we catch time?  No! But we can "Redeem the Time".  That was Joel Osteen's message on this day.  Redeem the time!  He paraphrased a story about a busy executive and one thousand marbles.  I’ve copied it below.  The story started me thinking about how I spend my time.  One of my favorite songs is “One Life to Love” by 33Miles. It talks about second chances and making the most of our time.  Here’s the chorus:

You only get just one time around,
You only get one shot at this,
One chance,
To find out,
The one thing that you don't wanna miss,
One day when its all said and done
I hope you see that it was enough,
This one ride,
One try,
One life,
To love.

Time is one of our most precious gifts. Yet, it is the one thing we take most for granted.  Think about it.  What says “I love you” more than when we give our time to someone else.  If you knew when you were going to die, how would you spend those final days, weeks or months?  I don’t know about you, but I know my priorities would change. The thing is, no one is guaranteed tomorrow. In fact, our tomorrow could be today.

I suggest you scroll down and read 1,000 marbles and then come back.  It will help you understand what I’m getting ready to say.

I wanted to know approximately how many Saturday’s I had left. Well, I did a little math myself.  As of today, I’ve used 2,014 Saturdays in my lifetime.  I’d like to say I’ve used them all wisely.  But, I have not.   The good news is … if I live to be 75 … I will have 1,368 Saturday’s left.  Saturdays I plan to share with those I love.  

Well, I’m off to the toy store.  I need 1,368 marbles.

Enjoy life. It’s the only one we have to give.
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1,000 Marbles
"A Little Something about Precious Time"
Written by Jeffrey Davis © 1999 All Rights Reserved
Reprinted with Permission by www.wymtnews.com

"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 basement shack 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 into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he 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 here on the band.

73 Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!" You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. 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 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."

 

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