Remembering Childhood Memories Through a Favorite Toy: A Cosmic Retrograde Challenge

Sometimes problems are hard to solve.

Sometimes problems become unsolvable.

I used to think the pyramid cube and Rubix cube were unsolvable. pyramid cube

Linda of the Litebeing Chronicles asked me to be part of her cosmic retrograde challenge. The challenge was to pull out an old object from long ago and just let it be near you for a few weeks. At the end of that time, we could write about what came up for us–whatever that may be.

I chose my pyramid cube. I had this toy since… um … a long time.

This challenge made me think about many childhood things around toys, playing games, having fun and more.

This particular toy was fun for me. I love to solve puzzles of all kinds. It is not nearly as hard as the famous Rubix cube, but still a similar challenge.

The first thing I learned is that sometimes things have to be a little chaotic before order can happen.

This particular toy has a red, blue, green and a gold side. Four sides do not seem like a lot until you have it messed up. The first side is easy to solve. Two sides, not too bad, but once you start on the last two sides; you have to learn to mess up [ahem … the chaos] the first two sides in order to finish it.

It made me think of the Rubix cube. I had that too. (Mine came from sending in Chex cereal box tops.) I did however have a step-by-step book on solving the Rubix cube. Thank goodness, my mother found it. I could only solve three sides before I had the book. It took me many hours of many days that summer, but I solved that thing … just once. I was satisfied with that.

It was then I learned determination. I did not give up.

The pyramid cube also brought back memories of when I was going to the hospital for surgery. I twisted and turned the toy repeatedly, messing it up and solving it. I played it as they wheeled me back to the operating room. I remember my nervous parents standing there and me handing the toy to my dad while challenging him to solve it just before going in to surgery.

I remember learning then that having a positive attitude could help you through tough times.

I remember reading that having a positive attitude can help the outcome of surgery. I sailed through surgery. I remember hearing the doctors say that they were surprised that I did not have any of the bruising that normally occurred. When I heard this, I knew it was my positive attitude that helped me through it all. It was not their skill, nor anything else, I had no doubt it was the positive attitude that did it.

I had forgotten just how long I had this attitude. It also made me remember that I lost my positive thinking attitude for a long time once, but now I have it back. It is hard to keep that attitude through everything that happens in life, but it does seem to make life a whole lot easier.

All this introspection … just from old memories … all from an old toy. It was as simple as setting an old toy on the shelf in my office at work.

One of these days, I will have to mess it up and see how fast I can solve it.  (That will be a fun 5 minutes or less.)

Next up for the challenge on November 13 – Sindy

Thanks Linda for designing this challenge and helping conjure up these memories.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shreejacob
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 03:37:25

    That seems like a really fun challenge idea Karen! I really liked that it took you back through memory lane and you picked up a few wonderful baubles of wisdom from that journey!!

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  2. barbarafranken
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 03:39:07

    I agree with you totally Karin that a positive attitude is everything, it is the driving force behind our life… Your challenge post is lovely.. Barbara

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  3. Cheryl Alsippi
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 07:21:45

    Great challenge and great post, Karen! Makes me want to dig through my box of memories.

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  4. lindalitebeing
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 14:56:16

    I loved this post Karen! You really did get so much from a little toy 🙂
    I was struck by this line: The first thing I learned is that sometimes things have to be a little chaotic before order can happen. ~ This is very provocative and I will sit with this awhile. My sense is that this idea is a piece of wisdom I once knew and may want to re-member!

    I am curious if any spiritual alchemy occurred within you. Did you notice any changes within due to mixing this old toy with the you of today?

    BTW, it is also a pyramid, very cool indeed….

    love and light to you,
    Linda

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    • Karen Kubicko
      Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:07:04

      Thank you Linda,
      Thank you for inspiring the post. It was fun. I was not sure what I was going to write about, but once I sat down to do it, all these important lessons came forward.
      xoxo
      Karen

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  5. bluebutterfliesandme
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:10:47

    I love a positive attitude, the only way I make it through. Now Rubix Cube, or type of puzzle toys would have been thrown with force against a wall from impatience on my part. lol

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    • Karen Kubicko
      Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:24:11

      Hello Sindy,
      You could do it if you tried.
      As an inspiration, I remember watching a tv show where kids and adults competed to complete the Rubix cube puzzle and won prizes.
      These toys were played with when I had time in the summer as a kid. I did not have all the cool electronics, internet, etc. to play with otherwise way back then…lol
      xoxo
      Karen

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  6. ladyjztalkzone
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 07:44:24

    Though I remain positive while by myself. I still struggle at this time with feeling positive about the world around me. This was great to read this morning.

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:01:56

    Hi Karen, first lovely to meet you, and that is such a true statement, our positive attitude helps us through many an ordeal, and no doubt at all it helped in your healing process..

    I remember the Rubix Cube, and never did solve it although my Son did….

    The world I think is going through its own chaotic challenges right now, And this is showing us how its time we realised each of us have to be more responsible for our actions.. Your Positive attitude saw you through your tough times… If we each embrace our positive sides through our own chaotic times I am sure we too will be helped along.. Its up to us as individuals to create a better world by our thoughts and actions…
    Thank you, and a pleasure in reading 🙂 Sue

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    • Karen Kubicko
      Nov 14, 2013 @ 00:09:31

      Hello Sue,
      Lovely to meet you too! I look forward to reading your post coming soon!
      I agree, there are so many examples of how a positive attitude can get you through the worst of things. One just has to be open to that way of thinking.
      xoxo
      Karen

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