From the Secretary's Desk (November, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:31 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:32 PM ]

My Brothers,  

I came across this the other day, and it hit me so hard that I wanted to share it with all of you. On a radio talk show, the host was asking people how they set priorities. A man called in to talk about “a thousand marbles”:
“You see,” he said, “I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about 75 years.
So, I multiplied 75 times 52 and came up with 3900, which is the number a Saturdays a person has in their entire lifetime. It took me until I was 55 to think about this in any detail, and by that time I had already lived through 2800 Saturdays. I got to thinking, if I lived to be 75, I only had about 1000 of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had! I ended up going to 3 stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them in a large, clear container in my den.”   “Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out of the container 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 earth run out to help you get your priorities straight..”
“Now let me tell you one last thing before I hang up and take my lovely wife to breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it to next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time. Thanks for listening to a 75 year old man. I hope you have many wonderful Saturdays.”
I don’t know about you, my Brothers, but that was pretty profound. It should give us all pause, and something to think about. I just may go buy some marbles. My Fraternal and Loving Best Wishes to All of You! 

Fraternally,   Hank Vlcek,  General Secretary