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One Thousand marbles

I'm a Ham radio operator and spend some time working with radios and electronics. So when I heard this story it really made me think! I hope that you will find some application in your own life as well...

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement shack 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. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital."

He continued, "Let me tell you something, Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on 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 3,900, 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 1,000 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."

"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 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."

You could have heard a pin drop on the radio 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. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

Story by Jeffry Davis

Quotes About Happiness Quotes That will change your Life

Quotes About Happiness Quotes That will change your Life

 

 

In this Life full of Stress strain and worries its very easy for us to forget how to be happy and remain motivated and take life lightly.

I would like to try and change that and the way think about happiness, and give you the best chance of finding your own happiness through the words of others.

 

Below are beautiful quotes about happiness, to make your life full of happines and joy.

 


 Happiness Quotes

 

  “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer

 

 

 

  “I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.” – Henry Miller

 

 “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

 “If you want to be happy, be” – Leo Tolstoy

 

  “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls” - Mother Teresa

 

  “Happiness is good health and a bad memory” - Ingrid Bergman

 

 “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open” – John Barrymore

 

  “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

 

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness”- William E. Gladstone

 

  “Find a place where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain” – Joseph Campbell

 

  “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

  “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

  “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”- Helen Keller

 

  “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker

 

  “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama

Happiness Quotes

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” – Martin Luther King

 

 “Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all” - Ovid

 

 “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it” – William Feather

 

 “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action” – Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy” -
Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”
-
Marthe Troly-Curtin

 

“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it”
-
Seneca

 

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”
- 
Confucius

 

 “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking”
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

 

 “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

31. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”
-
Winston Churchill

Happiness Quotes

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels” – Bertolt Brecht

 

 “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”–Buddha

 

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up” -Mark Twain

 

 “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about” – Dale Carnegie

 

 “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering” Winnie the Pooh


 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” Aesop

 

 “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it” Groucho Marx

 

 “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest” Henry David Thoreau

 

 “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living&rdquoF. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 “If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy” Proverb

 

 “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”George Bernard Shaw

 

“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

 

 

 

These quotes have been searched and hand picked from Internet,  to help remind you how to find your happiness.

 

 

What Is Your Favourite Quote About Happiness?

 

It could be your favourite one from this list, or a personal one you’ve never shared before. But, we’d love to hear from you, so you can share the happiness with everyone else.

 

Please let us know in the comments below! 

Dont Forget Your Mother....

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.”

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. “What’s wrong, are you well?” she asked.

My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. “I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded. “Just the two of us.” She thought about it for a moment, and then said, “I would like that very much.”

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s. “I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, “she said, as she got into the car. “They can’t wait to hear about our meeting.”

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. “It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,” she said. “Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor,” I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation – nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other’s life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, “I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.” I agreed.

“How was your dinner date?” asked my wife when I got home. “Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,” I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: “I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates – one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son.”

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: “I LOVE YOU” and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till “some other time.
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