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Rosanne D'Ausilio, Ph.D. Editor and Publisher
Volume VI, Issue 2

Date: February 1, 2005 - The Marble Theory

As I turned the volume up on my radio to listen to a Saturday morning talk show, an older man, who sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business himself, was talking about 'a thousand marbles.'

'Well, 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. Too bad you missed your daughter's recital.'

He continued, 'Here's something that helped me keep a good perspective on my priorities.' And that's when he began to explain his theory of a 'thousand marbles.'

The Calculation

'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.' 'I multiplied 75 times 52 weeks and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their lifetime. Now here's the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail, 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. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.'

'By watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like really watching your time here on earth run out to help get your priorities straight.'

The Last Marble

'This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. So, 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-- and we all want--is a little more time.'

Editor's Note: I have to go now--I need to buy some marbles of my own!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: If you appreciate what you already have, you'll find yourself having even more to appreciate.


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