Don't lose all your marbles

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    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 garage 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 whom-ever 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. It's too bad you
    missed your daughter's "dance recital" he continued. "Let me tell you
    something that has helped me keep 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 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 that 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. This is a 75
    Year old Man, 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. And hey, can we stop
    at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles...
     
  2. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    I liked that,it was a very good story with something to think about.It also gave me a glimmer of hope,I can just go buy some more marbles.I'm not 75 yet but I have been informed that I lost all my marbles long ago.LOL!
     

  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    I love the marble story, Phil. Makes you realize how precious time can be and how you should apply it. But here I sit on this dang computer when there is a life to be lived. Gotta go.............see ya'..........bye. Take care, Wild Phil.
     
  4. ersel

    ersel New Member

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    Good post Phil a great read!
     
  5. RIP

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    Thanks Phil! That gives me an idea, instead of taking marbles out of a jar every saturday, I think I will put a dollar in a jar every saturday. It will give the family something to fight over when I'm dead! LOL
     
  6. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    thats a cool story but my question would be if you could find out when you were going to die...would you?
     
  7. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    Nice one Phil! Thank you!
     
  8. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Ok go to the top of the page and read again. LOL
     
  9. MilwaukeeCatHunter

    MilwaukeeCatHunter New Member

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    Wow. I am usually not at a loss for words, but................
     
  10. MilwaukeeCatHunter

    MilwaukeeCatHunter New Member

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    Phil:

    Had some time to reflect on your thread, and now a couple of comments:

    1. By far, one of the best threads/posts I have seen on here since I was a member. No question, rep points given.
    2. Really got me thinking about all the extra time I spend at work, sacrificing family for career. A big thank you from my family for this reality check, my friend. A person gets so caught up in the moment that they lose perspective on what is really important in life.
    3. Never in a million years would I have expected to get this type of "reality check" off a fishing site. Pretty cool IMHO....pretty darn cool.
     
  11. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    me too, Dave...not sure there is such a thing as spending too much time with family, tho i know for a fact it is easy to not spend enough
     
  12. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    yeah i know what the story is about
     
  13. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Nope. Don't want to know.
     
  14. Netmanjack

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    Nice story Phil. but I don't think the old fella bought enough marbles. Why did he only cherish Saturdays ? I think he was about 6,000 shy. If you have to remind your self to be thankful for life, family and friends, then you better throw a marble away every day! Just think about it, doesn't it depend on how you treat people all week, as to whether they would even want to go out to breakfast with you on Saturday? I don't think we really need a jar of marbles, after all his jar ran out! All we need is a heart full of love, then pass a little of that out every day, and you wont run out of it like the marbles. It will just keep filling up again and again, from the ones who give you love from their hearts.:)
     
  15. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Good one Phil!

    I never thought much about it until a couple years ago but my marble jar is getting pretty low.
     
  16. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    IMHO, this one needed to come back to the top of the heap. Time is short for us all. Live it the way your heart whispers to your soul. :wink:

    Take care.
    Night all.
     
  17. Ahquabi_Master

    Ahquabi_Master New Member

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    sounds like humans just dont get enough marbles. thatd be a nice way to remember that every moment counts. thanks for helping me remember to stay on the path i need to be on phil.
     
  18. LarryW

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    Good story Phill, thanks for the lift.
     
  19. fishinpals

    fishinpals New Member

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    Good post Phil-

    While being a pastor and having dealt with many during their last moments I have never heard anyone say, I wish I had worked more. One things thats usually come is that, I wish I had spent more time with my family and friends and treated them better and thank God for His grace and forgiveness.
     
  20. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    That was a great post Phil!!!