1000 Saturdays

by Author Unknown

Just Marbles...

Just Marbles...

I sure wish I could credit the WISE Person who wrote this. Read this -- too good to be missed! Wendy

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 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 chap 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 "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 roundup 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."


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This is Beautiful
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing this. I have read it before and remember the awe inside as I really thought about those words.

Now here I am, definitely with fewer marbles in my jar! I do hope I can stay mindful of the beauty of not just Saturday mornings but every morning!

Got me thinking
by: diane british columbis canada

I read the wonderful story of 1000 marbles and it got me thinking.

Yesterday I had been bemoaning the fact that nothing good ever happens to me... Today after reading that story I thought how wrong I am something good (even something small) happens every day.

So I have started a jar and will write something good about each day and put the paper in the jar. My jar of goodness to keep the dark away.

Wendy: You can start a Gratitude Jar/Journal any time of the year. Paying attention to the small things in life that happen to you can make a huge difference in your Retirement Mindset.

  • See a beautiful tulip in the spring season?
  • Bringing a few groceries to the neighbor who can't get out... priceless paying it forward.
  • Finding an old birthday card from a long-lost friend.

    Just Jot It Down... it will open your heart and mind to much more!

    When you focus on gratitude, life changes.
    If you have a made day, grab a few notes from your jar and bring some sunshine in via memories!

  • Great story - any substitutes for marbles?
    by: Michael - Warm and Sunny Venice Florida

    I enjoyed reading this. Although, it does pain me that he spent money on marbles and then threw them away.

    I was thinking I would have bought M&Ms, but those wouldn't last past one Saturday. I think I will buy 1,000 sheets of paper and write a short story about something that I did on each of my Saturdays. This will force me to do a lot so that I can fill each page!

    Wendy: Ha! Jeanne and I said the same thing -- all those marbles! :)

    M&Ms my favorite! Especially dark chocolate with peanuts! Mmmm...

    Paper: doesn't have to be 1000 full sheets, cut them in quarters! Get fun papers from the dollar store. Fold and stuff into your jar -- put a memory on each one. Could be fun for coffee time every Saturday morning for years to come! OR buy a journal and write a page for every Saturday! Fun Fun!

    Marbles are so cool!
    by: Jeanne Savelle/Atlanta

    Love this. Too bad he didn't keep the marbles, he could start putting them back into the jar and fill it up again. How fun would that be!

    This story is such a lovely and fun way to focus on our purpose.

    Thanks so much for sharing it Wendy.

    Wendy: I thought the same thing, all those tossed marbles! He could have passed them down or something!

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