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Losing your marbles

By Jodie Douglas, Dec 2 2015 06:42AM

Recently I came across a great story, a fantastic interpretation of how precious life is! And something I felt needed to be shared!

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 75 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, I’m getting to the important part.

‘It took me until I was 55 years old to think about all this in any detail,’ he went on, ‘and by that time I had lived through over 2800 Saturdays. I got to thinking that, if I lived to be 75, I only had about 1000 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 right here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.

‘I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused 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.’

I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that morning, then go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. ‘C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.’ Story – Anonymous. Published in “I Made A Promise” by Danny Smith

This story to me is a fantastic reminder of mortality and a prompt to stop putting off the important things in life. You spend your life working hard, creating your family and building assets. But it is important not to lose sight of what really is important, and that is; spending time with your loved ones and protecting them, even after your marbles have run out.

So please don’t put the important things off any longer. Get your Will & Estate Plan sorted, review your Personal Insurance’s, make a financial plan for the future, so you can have peace of mind and spend more valuable time with the people you care about!

Time is not constant (according to Einstein), and neither is your Jar of Marbles.

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