Okay. Time for some introduction to today’s post now.
Simple Truths is the brain-child of Mac Anderson, the founder of Successories. The name “Simple Truths” was conceived following an article Mac read eight years ago that stated that 80 percent of the books purchased in a bookstore never get read. With this thought in mind, he believed that many books were too lengthy for today’s fast-paced world. After further reflecting on the success of two of the all-time best-selling books: The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, he kept coming back to the same word, “simple,” and the concept that less can truly be more when it comes to books. This was the philosophy and the foundation on which Simple Truths was built. Src:http://www.simpletruths.com/about-us.html
Mac Anderson believes that the right words can engage the brain and bring an idea to life. True to this statement, I happened to stumble across this book called “Charging The Human Battery- 50 Ways To Motivate Yourself” during one of my afternoon strolls to the library. The first thing, that caught my attention in the book was this quote:
This quote somehow made me read the entire book in one stretch and left me with a question as to why the hell am I seeing life in only certain angles. This book is a perfect bouquet of mind gripping quotes , soulful poems and simple explanations on how to stay motivated all the time. Especially the story of 3900 Saturdays and a thousand Marbles.
The story of 3900 Saturdays really changed the way I started seeing my weekends. It is a very popular story and is worth reading again and again in all our lives. Here is the story.
3900 Saturdays and 1000 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 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 whomever 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.”
Previously, I always lived my lifestyle in such a way that, I always gave more importance to my lengthy TO DO list on my weekends and in turn would miss out all the important get togethers with friends. After reading this story, I have visited my home town again after very long time even though I had a very big to do list waiting for me. I spent the last 3 weekends with my family and friends and really started counting on the no of marbles left with me.
On a whole, Please make sure you buy this small 141 pages book and recharge yourself to a whole new life again.
Until then, keep reading books.
Lots of Love,