The Marble Jar
past 100 years have given us higher degrees of apparent prosperity, but there
is always a downside and a price to pay for this greater affluence. People are
certainly under more pressure these days, especially young married couples. In
order to feed the always hungry lifestyle, a greater amount of responsibility
has had to be taken on in the workplace. This means the people are putting in
less of an appearance at home with their spouse and children. Unless this is
checked and kept in perspective, it will tend to have a detrimental effect on
the overall balancing act between life and work. It is important to step back
now and then to see where you are spending your time and reset those switches.
than ever, in our modern and fast paced society, it is important that we slow
down now and again to take stock of what is really important in our lives. The
following anecdote was transmitted by a radio station some years ago.
day a very successful entrepreneur in his mid forties was being interviewed on
the radio and was talking about all the millions he was making for the company
he worked for, how busy he was, and all that he could buy with his salary.
telephone rang at the radio station and a caller asked him did he ever hear
about ‘the marble jar’? The caller said it was proposed to him when he was 52
years old, and it went like this……
time the average male lived to be around 75, and with 23 years left this was
about 1000 weeks. He went into town, bought 1000 marbles and placed them in a
large jar. Each Saturday he threw one out. As the contents of the jar began to
go down he became more focused on the important things in life such as his
family, their health, and making time for his friends and other important stuff
like that. Today was Saturday and he had just thrown away the last marble.
radio interviewer asked the man what he was going to do that day. He said that
he was going to bring his wife a cup of tea to wake her up and then later they
would go out for some breakfast, do some shopping, meet some friends for lunch,
have a nap at about 3pm, and afterwards go into the garden to smell the
flowers, listen to the birds and do a small bit of gardening. That evening he
would read the paper, have dinner, and hopefully God would wake him up again
the next day.
important that we also watch the marbles go down in the jar and focus in on
what is really important to us. Life does not last forever and sometimes we
have to be visually reminded of this fact. Pull on the brakes now and then,
step back, take a good look around, enjoy what you have and make the most of
the time remaining. We are all mortal beings with a designated time span and
the film of our lives can never be rerun for a second time.
course, if people concentrated on the really important things in life, there
would be a shortage of fishing rods!
the French Philosopher, obviously had the gift of looking into the future and
was thinking of Shandon Hats and our wonderful products when he remarked: ‘Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it
requires the hand of time’ – Voltaire.