Short Story-3,900 Saturdays...!

Hi good day ppl! :D

WEEKEND is here!!! Read this story from the newsletter of Simple Truths- about the weekends in one's life. A great read, got me thinking & I am going to try out the method they have mentioned in this.

Read on, sorry its a long one, hope my friends who suggest I shorten my writings will try to read till end or at least in parts. :) ;)

3,900 Saturdays from the book Charging the Human Battery.

Dear Nilima,

Not long ago, I received a letter from one of our customers. She said, "Mac, I love getting your newsletter and had to send you this beautiful story. I don't know who wrote it, but I hope you can find a way to share it with your customers."

I did love it, and thought it would be a great ending to my book titled, Charging the Human Battery. It's called: 3,900 Saturdays.

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. 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 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. 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 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 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's 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."

What I love about stories is that they can speak to our soul. This is only one of many great stories in my book, Charging the Human Battery...50 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

Sometimes, our greatest challenge is getting inside our own heads to determine...what makes us tick? (lovely statement isnt it)That's what this book is all about!

:) So how are you going to spend your this Weekend?

I am spending it learning music, spending time at home & relaxing.

Let me know how you spent, sorry UTILISED yours :) :D

Bye.take care. Have a grand time!


  1. Excellent story! really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for posting it. I also want to mention that that apology at the end for taking our time is totally uncalled for. Why do you want to say sorry for sending out a gem that could waken up everyone who reads it? Please don't. :) And keep up the good work.

  2. Good day Sundari!
    You are back with bang :). Thanks for the comment. It is not my story, its a story from the book: Charging the Human Battery.
    I guess the book is worth reading coz there are couple of extracts I have added on the blog, thru the Newsletter I get.

    Thank u for the encouragement & keep checking the blog for more:).


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