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    The 1000 Marbles

    One of the best ways to create more happiness in your 
    life is to get more pleasure and enjoyment out of each day.
    A fun way to do this is to remember the 1000 marbles story.  

    This was written by Jeff Davis many years ago and has  
    now been reprinted thousands of times.  

    Here’s how Jeff Davis’ 1000 Marbles story goes … 

    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.  

    He was telling whoever he was talking with something  
    about “a thousand marbles”. 

    I was intrigued and stopped to listen.  

    “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 that has helped  
    me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.” 

    And that’s when he began to explain his theory of  
    ‘1000 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. 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. 

    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. This is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”   

    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.” 

    Action Exercise:  
    Work out the number of weekends you potentially have  
    left to enjoy.  When you realise how limited this is, you  
    tend to value each day a lot more.  

    At Resilient Minds we help our clients grow their resilience 
    so they can perform at high levels on the really important 
    things in all aspects of their lives. 

    Increase your Resilience: 
    Our next open resilience development programme is on at the University of Auckland on November 26th and 27th

    Warm regards 

    Jamie Ford 
    Thought Leaders in Resilience, Productivity, and Wellbeing