came across this interesting story on motivation123.com ,
How Marbles Can Change Your Life
by Jason Gracia
There is a secret to happiness. Very few people know of it, and if they do, even less understand its power. I want to share it with you today because I believe it can change your life, and it can happen as soon as you want it to.
A story was passed on to me that literally changed how I looked at my life as soon as I was finished reading it. I was amazed at how simple a story can be and still have a profound impact on others.
In this short story lies the secret to living a life full of joy, happiness and fulfillment. It doesn't matter how many things you own, how much money you make, or how important people think you are. If you don't learn how to enjoy your life, no amount of material wealth will bring you the happiness you are looking for.
Follow the stories example and you'll have the motivation you need to improve your life and the outlook that will bring you meaning and satisfaction.
THE MAGIC OF THE MARBLES
He was fifty-five years old, had a bowl full of marbles, and felt terrific. It was unknown territory for Bill, who for years had been unhappy with his life and didn't see any hope for a brighter future. Today he is a changed man. It doesn't matter what happens to him, Bill responds to it calmly and smiles. Nothing can get to him, and everything makes him feel good about his life and his future.
Back to the marbles...
On average, people live to be seventy-five years old. Some longer, some shorter, but the average person will reach this age. Realizing this, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Bill did some simple calculations to figure out that the average person has 3,900 Saturdays in his or her lifetime.
Being fifty-five, Bill had 1,000 Saturdays left to live. He went to a small toy store in town, and bought every marble they had, 1,000 in all. Later that night, he placed all of the marbles in a large glass bowl that he placed in the living room.
As each Saturday passed, he would take one marble out of the bowl and throw it away. Bill watched as the bowl's contents shrank, and he realized that he didn't have forever to create a happier life. Each day he felt negatively about his life was one less day he had to be happy.
TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN
One day, his last Saturday will come. Bill never looked at his life this way. He never faced the fact head-on that life was short and there is a limited amount of time to make the most of it.
He looked at his current priorities and did some rearranging. At the top of the list he put spending time with his family and friends, appreciating what he had, and enjoying each moment he was alive.
Without changing his external world, Bill's life was completely different. He didn't earn more money, lose weight, or create new relationships. He simply took what he had and looked at it in a whole new light.
After making the marbles a part of his life, his new attitude enabled him to fix the areas in his life that were lacking. Before he felt powerless to change anything, and only wished for things to improve without doing anything. Now he was taking positive actions to create a life that made him feel good.
We all know that we can't live forever, but thinking of it in these terms can really help to put things in perspective. It makes you realize how valuable each day is, and what a loss it would be to not enjoy each one.
Depending on your age, you have a certain number of marbles left in your jar. If you haven't created the life you have always dreamed of yet, at which point will you decide to make the change? How many marbles have to be thrown out before you enjoy your life?
THE TIME IS NOW
Today is the perfect day for change. Today is your day to take one step towards your goals and dreams. Imagine it, living life on your terms, doing what you want, when you want, and loving every minute of it. It's possible. You can have everything you want in life, but you have to take control of motivation and make it work for you.
by Jason Gracia - Motivation123
Ashit 13th May 2005 From India, Mumbai