Sonic, Super Mario and Life.

Those of you familiar with the early computer games such as Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario will get the references but I am sure the rest of you will understand the analogy. :-)

So, you are a small blue hedgehog or an Italian plumber walking or running through life, collecting points, dodging obstacles, defeating monsters and completing stages to go up to another level.

Once you get the knack of the game, you start to look out for the things that may hold something special for you! They may not be obvious and may just look like another part of the scenery but if you stay open minded and explore a bit, you will get used to expecting these little treasures to be hidden throughout the route. Usually you have to go a little of the beaten path and stay open and curious, thinking "I wonder what's up there?"

When you recognise and activate the hidden 'gifts' - usually by jumping on them! you release something from inside that wasn't at all obvious - it can be a super power, extra points, even extra lives, whatever, it will be something to help you and enhance your role in the game.

As we move through our own life (whether we are ambling along enjoying the scenery or whizzing along collecting points) there are times when we too have to find a way around the obstacles, where we have to use all our strength to fight the monsters that are invariably there, and where we discover that in beating them we get access to a whole new level, we reach another stage in the game.

Sometimes though, we forget that scattered throughout our own journey are also hidden the nuggets of treasure, the wisdom and the sparkling moments that change us and give us new skills, new powers!

We all remember times when we bumped into, or were lead to things that marked a turning point, or opened up a door to a new area of exploration, these things fortify us with new insights and new energy that starts to expand our understanding.

It could be a situation, a chance remark, a quote, or a book but you will know that it is important because you will feel that tingle of recognition inside! that once it is recognised and 'jumped on' it will add to our resources and give us new tools in this game called life.

"The wise man reads both books and life itself." - Yutang Lin

So as we make our way through each stage of our life, let's not be too busy dodging the obstacles and battling the monsters to know that hidden (usually in plain sight) are little treasures that once 'jumped on' can brings us gifts. As these things often look like everyday objects and situations we have to stay open and curious, listen to our instincts and notice the tingles and hunches and never be too busy to think "I wonder what's up there".


Barbara Scully said...

So true and well expressed. Must check with the girls but think that Super Mario is still very much with us - as far as I can remember his games are the best on the Wii????

Susannah said...

Hello Barbara - I am still stuck in the old days of remembering when sonic the hedgehog first came out and here's you talking about the Wii!

Thanks for dropping in, it's always good to have you visit. :-)

Jen said...

I have a seven year old who LOVES all things Mario and Sonic. Next time he is feeling frustration about something I will use your analogy to help him. Everytime he plays now I will think of this. Lovely post, a pleasure to read:) Jen

Susannah said...

Hello Jen and nice to meet you. :-)

I had never thought of the fact that the analogy would help children but how right is that! It is something they can understand and works well in helping them to remain open and curious and look for the good while dodging obstacles etc.

Thanks so much for your comment, it is much appreciated.

Tricia said...

Susannah, I love analogies. They feel like "open arms" in a sense, allowing the individual imagination to join in and play, and I love to play. I've never played the Mario games, but we did play one very much like Mario -- Hocus Pocus. This is a gently powerful and powerfully gentle tool for me to use as I encounter complications and frustrations with my current project. Thank you for the gift. ~ Tricia

Susannah said...

Hello tricia - so nice to see you here, thank you very much for visiting and for your comment. :-)


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