Maybe inappropriate but many will appreciate - Posted by jim

Posted by Dean (IL) on August 29, 2003 at 09:24:57:


Maybe inappropriate but many will appreciate - Posted by jim

Posted by jim on August 29, 2003 at 08:49:31:

Sorry if this is considered inappropriate—you can slap me or delete it if you want. The only reason I posted this is because CREI is slowing getting me to the point where I have much more time with my wife and kids.

Growing up I told my Dad I would never work as much as he did and was upset he only attended a handfull of my sporting events due to his dedication to “work”. Ironically, now my Dad is semi-retired he is now in CRE for the last 10 years and makes more than he ever did and works 1/10th the time.

Anyway–for those of you with kids, I think you will really appreciate this. DONT LET WORK CONTROL YOU.

A Thousand 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,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. 75 year 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."

Marble Halls

Composed by Michael William Balfe
As performed by Enya
for download

Re: Maybe inappropriate but many will appreciate - Posted by Cas

Posted by Cas on August 29, 2003 at 16:44:02:

Fresh breeze…feels good

Re: VERY APPROPRIATE !! - Posted by Maria (FL)

Posted by Maria (FL) on August 29, 2003 at 16:39:22:

Wow you brought tears to my eyes. I am printing this out for a reminder for someone. And myself :slight_smile:
Thank you. Maria