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    Senior Member Master in FishingTX gator's Avatar
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    how many marbles do you have

    i've seen this before but got it again today and it started me thinking. its long but worth the read. when you finish think about what and WHO God has placed in your life.

    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 whom-ever 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.
    > >
    > > A friend sent this to me, so I to you, my friend. And so, as one smart
    > >bear once said..."If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a
    > >hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh.
    > >
    > > Pass this on to all of your FRIENDS, even if it means sending it to
    the person that sent it to you. And if you receive this e-mail many times
    from many different people, it only means that you have many FRIENDS. And if
    you get it but once, do not be discouraged for you will know that you have at
    > >least one good friend...
    > >
    > > And that would be ME.
    Give me a sense of humor, Lord;
    Give me the grace to see a joke,
    To get some humor out of life,
    And pass it on to other folk.

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    Ole Bill
    yea i like that and gonna look for some marbles

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    Registerd user Master in FishingTX dwaynez's Avatar
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    Very Nice, it really makes you stop and think
    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
    -Mark Twain

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    Senior Member Master in FishingTX whitebassfisher's Avatar
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    Very true. I'm getting now to where I really understand why people say that if you have your health you have everything.

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    I dont know if its everything but if you dont have it you dont have anything

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    Senior Member Master in FishingTX whitebassfisher's Avatar
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    NW Houston
    Scott, I think your statement is more accurate.

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