John Maxwell tells the story of a man who put marbles in a jar.1 Each marble represented a remaining Saturday in his life, assuming he lived an average lifespan. The story ends with the man removing his last marble saying, “I figure if I make it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time.”
Sounds nice, huh? Puts the shortness of life in perspective and encourages one to value each day.
Thanks, but no thanks.
I’m not going to live life as a countdown to death. Every day is a gift, not just those Saturdays that occur after some actuarial lifespan. Besides, you get only one marble — now.
If you need marbles in a jar to give meaning to your life, try this: each evening contemplate the day. If you believe you spent it well, put a marble in the jar. Or better yet, if upon rising you are thankful for another day, put a marble in the jar. The filling jar represents the blessings you continue to receive.
As brother Bob would say, “Every day above ground is a good day.”
- Photo credit: “Glass Marbles Cracked Fried Macro January 10, 20112,” by Steven Depolo on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license. ↩