From all of us at RHS – please accept our very best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2016. I, for one, am thrilled that we will be able to grill outdoors over the break – maybe even in shorts and T-shirts. It’s the warmest December on record so I’m told – and I couldn’t be happier. There are probably some wishing for a chill in the air and maybe even some snowflakes – never fear – I’m sure before all is said and done you will all be wishing for 90 and humid. 🙂
I hope that over this break everyone finds some time to spend quality time with those you hold dear. I am lucky to not only have very special friends but also be able to have my boys close enough for them to not only be home for dinner but come back for leftovers. I am also blessed to have my parents (88 years young) and since I haven’t celebrated a holiday with them in over 15 years, I am going to fly down to see them over the break. Hopefully it won’t be warmer here than it is in Florida.
Every day at RHS is a special one – and today was no different. When I went to check my mail upon arriving at work – I found two yellow marbles on my keyboard. I had about 10 seconds to be puzzled before things got rolling. It wasn’t until I got back to my mail that I found a colleague had placed the two marbles on my keyboard with a note to “use them wisely.” The following story explains more…
I really enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the relaxation 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 kitchen, with a cup of coffee in hand ready to sip it as the birds visited my feeder. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those little lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about a Saturday morning talk show where an older gentleman was talking about “a thousand marbles” to someone named “Tom”. I was intrigued and listened 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. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital. ” He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on 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 3900 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 and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. “I got to thinking, 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 1000 marbles. “I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear container right here in my table 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 more on the really important things in life.”
Spend time over this holiday break with those friends and family you hold most dear and let them know just how special they are!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL – SEE YOU IN 2016!