July 6, 2017 – a patient and a Facebook friend manifested wish to follow what I am doing in my Counting Marbles Project. I said gladly. She asked me to teach her how to start.
Here is the outline:
You became 68 years old last May 8, 2017. Your first lifespan target is 70 years old as this is the average lifespan of Filipinos. From May 8, 2017 to May 7, 2018, you will be 69 years old which is equivalent to 52 marbles (1 week = 1 marble). From May 8, 2018 to May 7, 2019, you will be 70 years old which is equivalent to 52 marbles (1 week =1 marble). Thus, you have a total of 104 marbles to keep tab of from May 8, 2017 to May 7, 2019. From May 8, 2017 up to now (July 2, 2017), which had passed already, you already used up 8 marbles. Thus, if you want to start the Counting Marbles Project on July 3, 2017, your starting number of marbles will be 96 marbles or 96 weeks – up to May 7, 2019.
July 3, 2017 – 96 marbles
July 10, 2017 – 95 marbles left
July 17, 2017 – 94 marbles left
July 24, 2017 – 93 marbles left
So forth and so forth.
Write down what you still want to accomplish from July 3, 2017 up to May 7, 2019. Keep track of what you are doing on a weekly basis. Answer the questions: are you on track; are you satisfied and happy what you have done the past week; are there any adjustments you have to make, if yes, do them now; etc.
ROJoson Counting Marbles
Counting marbles is about reminding us of the limited time that we have on earth and that we should make each week and day count as much as possible in terms of doing what matters most for our loved ones and for ourself. It is also about prioritizing things in our life.
I have been counting my marbles since I was 45 years old (in 1994).
I am now 68 years going 69 years by January 31, 2018. If one marble will be equivalent to one week, I have 104 marbles in my jar at the start of February 2017. Since it is already July, starting July 3, 2017, I have 82 marbles to keep tab of up to January 30, 2019 (the year I will be 70 years old – my first lifespan target) – 82 marbles to remind me of the limited time that I have on earth and that I should make each week and day count as much as possible in terms of doing what matters most for myself and my loved ones and others. Counting marbles is also about prioritizing things in my life.
Note: in my regular postings, I use 75 years old as a target. Behind the scene, I am also using 70 years old as the first target.