Inspirational Sunday: Peter Pan, Toodles, and The Lost Marbles

Do you recall the movie Hook with Robin Williams as Peter Pan?  He and his pals, the Lost Boys, grew up in Neverland, a place where most stayed children forever, never growing up, escaping all the responsibilities that come with age. Eventually they were “rescued” and did grow up. When they did, one particular Lost Boy, Toodles, was seen searching for his lost marbles. He searched high and low for that sack of marbles, to no avail!

Everyone believed Toodles had gone senile. Yet Toodles only appeared senile because no one knew the secret of those marbles. I like to think I do. I think each marble in that bag represented a possibility, a hope,  for Toodles. Without his marbles or “possibilities”, he was lost!

Just like Toodles, I use marbles to visualize my possibilities. Each year, I place 365 marblesin a vase. Each marble represents a day. In the evening, I remove one marble from the vase, reflecting on my day. As time passes, the vase gets emptier, reminding me that each day is precious…my marbles are precious. Unlike Toodles, a fictitious character, my marbles can be lost or “wasted”, but they can never be found.  They are irreplaceable.

In this game of marbles, you don’t need to “knuckle down” and there are no  “keepsies”.   One marble must be used every day. Each one bringing a fresh start,  a hope, a possibility. 

Now that you know the secret, how will you make your marbles count?  



My vase with 4 marbles left for the year

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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  • denise December 27, 2009, 3:08 pm

    I love this idea! I think I would use mine for gratitude. To be thankful each day for something. Especially on the days I am not feel grateful.

    denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

  • Sabrina December 28, 2009, 11:38 am

    What a great idea!

  • Ms. Latina December 28, 2009, 2:01 pm

    @ denise: I also dwell on that. It helps me see how much I have and how much more I can do!

    @ Sabrina: Thank you!

  • Luseea December 28, 2009, 2:20 pm

    I am speechless. Fantastic post.
    I like your thought process to open up the possibilities, and hope. The action of removing the marbles is of a simple one, but the tenacity to complete the process every day ( introspect; ponder; reveal; redirect ) is quite complex.
    Thanks for writing, and for posting it in Twitter, nena.

  • Isolated Existence December 29, 2009, 6:19 pm

    This is a great idea! I may start one myself :-)

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