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On my way to see the principal, my teacher intercepted me. She asked why I would do such a thing. I said that I didn't know and that I was very sorry. With her arms folded, she looked at me with love in her eyes and quietly said that she expected more from me. At that moment, she happened to find a marble lying in the grass.

She handed it to me and said it would remind me to be kind to others. I still have that marble. Her act of kindness inspired an important part of this story. This teacher also told me that I had the gift of writing. Since the 4th grade, I have written poetry, short stories, and other creative works.

Later in life, I wrote a dissertation, scientific articles and grants. To help me reconnect with the power of creative writing after a long academic career, I now keep a monthly wellness blog. In all my years of writing, I can honestly say that rarely has the writing process been as inspirational and fun as it was during the creation of this book.

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Clare and I have come to know and love the characters in this story and we know you will too. On a professional note, I consider myself a recovering academic. I co-founded a wellness company Wellsteps.


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Finding My Marbles is a book you can read and live. Discover the timeless principles that guide the characters in the book and that will help you in your search for a more fulfilling life! Monica learns the first principle from a 5-year old boy named Conor.

Monica was anxious to leave the store, but something about Conor reminded her of happier times Monica carefully observed Conor His bright, sky blue eyes were accented by a string of freckles sprinkled from one cheek to the other His boyish grin was genuine. He looked sublimely happy to be purchasing a small bag of marbles. She noted how he watched the cashier scanning his bag of marbles with breathless anticipation. That will be three dollars and twenty-three cents, said the cashier with a hint of kindness in her eyes.

Conor produced a wadded up five-dollar bill from his pocket and gave it toward the cashier without taking his gaze from the bag of marbles The cashier efficiently made change He had already opened the bag of marbles and was carefully admiring a green cat eye. His mother nudged him and motioned to the cashier, whispering something in his ear.

He carefully placed the marble back in its bag and held out his hand to receive his change. He looked in utter amazement at the money in his hand He stood glued to the spot, looking back and forth from his marbles to the money. He finally stuffed the money into his pocket and reached for the green cat eye again. Conor s mother nudged him again and prompted, Conor, what do you say?

Conor beamed brightly as if he had just remembered a secret. He looked directly at the cashier and said with childish sincerity, Thank for my marbles. The cashier smiled at his joyous display of pure gratitude Then the magic happened. Conor removed the green cat eye marble and held it up to the light.

This is a good one, he said to no one in particular. Then, he resolutely extended the marble to the cashier and said, Here, you can have this one. An awkward silence followed. The cashier looked at Conor then at his mother then back at Conor. Thank you so much, she said, placing her hand over her heart. That is the nicest thing anyone has done for me this whole week. Monica felt a lump rise in her throat, and her eyes began to tear up. She wondered, why did this simple gesture pull on her heart-strings?

The answer was suddenly obvious. She had just witnessed a demonstration of genuine gratitude, and it was a beautiful thing. As Conor and his mother left the store, Monica unconsciously stepped forward. The cashier, predictably asked Monica, Did you find everything you need? Without thinking, Monica replied, No, I didn t. Ignoring the cashiers confused expression, Monica asked, Where can I find a bag of marbles?

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. What a great book! Unfortunately, it sat on the "To Read" pile in my office for a while. I was flying coast to coast for business and finally listened to that little voice that said, "Take that one! That little voice has never let me down.

Halfway through the flight I found myself appreciating my opposable thumbs try to eat your peanuts without them As the flight and book continued, I found myself relaxing and stepping back from the microscope and looked at my life from 40, feet. The story was wonderful, and the six "remember to" items gave me the take away items that will stick with me. In other words, the 90 pages went quickly, but the impact of this book is just starting. One person found this helpful.

His bright, sky blue eyes were accented by a string of freckles sprinkled from one cheek to the other His boyish grin was genuine. He looked sublimely happy to be purchasing a small bag of marbles. She noted how he watched the cashier scanning his bag of marbles with breathless anticipation. That will be three dollars and twenty-three cents, said the cashier with a hint of kindness in her eyes.

Conor produced a wadded up five-dollar bill from his pocket and gave it toward the cashier without taking his gaze from the bag of marbles The cashier efficiently made change He had already opened the bag of marbles and was carefully admiring a green cat eye. His mother nudged him and motioned to the cashier, whispering something in his ear. He carefully placed the marble back in its bag and held out his hand to receive his change. He looked in utter amazement at the money in his hand He stood glued to the spot, looking back and forth from his marbles to the money.

He finally stuffed the money into his pocket and reached for the green cat eye again. Conor s mother nudged him again and prompted, Conor, what do you say?

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Conor beamed brightly as if he had just remembered a secret. He looked directly at the cashier and said with childish sincerity, Thank for my marbles. The cashier smiled at his joyous display of pure gratitude Then the magic happened. Conor removed the green cat eye marble and held it up to the light. This is a good one, he said to no one in particular. Then, he resolutely extended the marble to the cashier and said, Here, you can have this one.

An awkward silence followed. The cashier looked at Conor then at his mother then back at Conor. Thank you so much, she said, placing her hand over her heart. That is the nicest thing anyone has done for me this whole week. Monica felt a lump rise in her throat, and her eyes began to tear up. She wondered, why did this simple gesture pull on her heart-strings? The answer was suddenly obvious. She had just witnessed a demonstration of genuine gratitude, and it was a beautiful thing. As Conor and his mother left the store, Monica unconsciously stepped forward.

The cashier, predictably asked Monica, Did you find everything you need? Without thinking, Monica replied, No, I didn t. Ignoring the cashiers confused expression, Monica asked, Where can I find a bag of marbles? Paperback , 92 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Finding My Marbles , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 10, Susan rated it liked it. Jan 11, Karen rated it really liked it. A friend of mine gave me this book. Her son co-wrote it. The principles it expounds are basic, but true and time tested.

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As we work to find joy in our lives, more opportunities for joy will present themselves and aid us in getting out of the "joyless zone". It's short a day read and makes you want a cup of hot chocolate when you're finished! Jul 02, Cathy rated it really liked it. This is a different kind of self-help book.

It tells a simple story to explain a process for changing your outlook on life. Many people get stuck in a way of living and thinking that pulls the joy out of everyday life.