October 8th, 2008


1,000 Marbles

I found this modern day parable via DaddyDear. The story is originally by Jeffrey Davis.

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps its the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe its 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 youre busy with your job. Im sure they pay you well but its 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 daughters dance recital.

He continued, Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.

And thats 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, Im 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 have 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 shows moderator didnt 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, and then go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. Cmon honey, Im 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 were out? I need to buy some marbles.

[tags]parable, family[/tags]

Originally published at Ameliorations 1.0.

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McMedicine Much?

I was talking to a friend and something she asked me and we got to talking about really disturbed me.

(8:13:20 AM) Friend: Alex?
(8:13:29 AM) Alex: Yeah?
(8:13:36 AM) Friend: can you answer a question as I think things work differently over there.
(8:13:47 AM) Alex: possibly.
(8:13:52 AM) Friend: When you lot go for repeat prescriptions
(8:14:04 AM) Friend: Why do some labels say "doc auth. req" and some dont?
(8:14:17 AM) Friend: We don't have that see
(8:14:19 AM) Alex: depends on the type of drug being prescribed.
(8:14:25 AM) Friend: Ah
(8:14:39 AM) Friend: so are they ordered differently on the repeat
(8:14:47 AM) Alex: If it's something that can be dangerous or easily abused/gotten addicted to, the doc wants to make sure you aren't abusing it.
(8:14:51 AM) Friend: or does it mean you need to see doc before prescription can be given?
(8:14:58 AM) Alex: need to see a doc.
(8:15:01 AM) Friend: Oh kk
(8:15:06 AM) Friend: See here [here is UK]
(8:15:09 AM) Friend: we tick off what we want
(8:15:25 AM) Friend: give list to receoptionist and go back surgery to pick srcipt up nest day
(8:15:42 AM) Alex: wow.
(8:15:42 AM) Friend: so it same as us getting " no repeat allowed" on a label
(8:15:43 AM) Friend: thank you
(8:15:46 AM) Alex: McMedicine.
(8:15:49 AM) Friend: lol
(8:16:09 AM) Alex: I want to post that in my blog, but changing your name to protect your innocence. ;)

McMedicine much, folks? I mean seriously. What's up with that. Just tick off a list of meds I want and pick them up the next day? Possibly an over simplification, so if any of my UK readers care to comment on this I invite them to do so, but oh my god that's stupid.

[tags]medicine, health[/tags]

Originally published at Ameliorations 1.0.