Trying not to lose my marbles

I played the marbles video again, stopped watching it midway through, but continued to listen to it.

marblesI came across this video of 11,000 marbles, and it made me happy.

I saw it a week after a committee at church was finishing the arrangement of speakers for the Adult Education class in February and early March. There was a special guest going to take the third slot, so we only had to work on three weeks. But then that person changed to the second slot, and eventually out of the month altogether.

Finally, we had nailed down A, B, C, and D. Phew! Then A had to drop out. Fortunately, I FINALLY got hold of someone else, the person I had actually pursued first, so it was set: E, B, C, and D.

Then midweek, another person had to reschedule, but was available for a week the committee wasn’t in charge of. I reached the pastors, and NOW the schedule was E, B, F, D and C.

I gained two pounds that week from stress eating. Seriously.

So watching marbles was soothing. Then I played the video again, stopped watching it midway through, but continued to listen to it. It sounded like waters rushing against the shore. It was surprisingly soothing, putting me almost in a Zen-like state.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before. One of my great pet peeves is when someone creates a project like this, or something more elaborate, in the Rube Goldberg tradition, naysayers will squawk, “They must have too much time on their hands!”

In my experience, what this REALLY means is that someone has created a project the squawkers wouldn’t – and probably COULDN’T – have spent their time doing. Which is fine until they belittle those who are doing that something.

At a point when I was starting to lose my marbles a little bit, I’m happy that someone had the skill and interest and sense of fun to move 11,000 orbs of various colors.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

3 thoughts on “Trying not to lose my marbles”

  1. I always roll my eyes at the “too much time on their hands” naysayers about things like the marble run. The marble run people are creating something of fun and beauty that enrich other people’s lives. (I like all the different marble run videos; there are more on YouTube, and yes, they are soothing to watch).

    The people I think who have too much time on their hands are the people who spend time criticizing others’ aesthetic/hobby choices, or the people who do stuff like vandalism. (My mother always comments, in re: vandalism – “If they used that time productively, to make things or garden or do volunteer work, how much good they could do for the world”)

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