Life is Magic (if you look for it)
“It was as if all the happiness, all of the magic of this blissful hour had flowed together into these stirring, bittersweet tones and flowed away, becoming temporal and transitory once more.” ~ Hermann Hesse
Paddle boarding with Ember, I saw bubbles on the surface of the water. Approaching, I saw it was a school of minnows. They were kissing the surface of the water and then like a curtain swirled down into the murkiness and were gone. It all happened within seconds. In those seconds was something I had never seen before and may not see again. I thought, “Wasn’t that magical?” and smiled.
Walking in the door from work, my husband said, “You should look outside.” I went to our backyard and witnessed a full, vivid double rainbow reaching across the sky. I stood there with a silly smile on my. I quickly took a couple of pictures, and then I just looked at it, soaking it in. Other people came out for a glimpse and left, but I stayed for as long as I could. I wanted to hold onto the moment. I wanted it to stay. It was magical.
To me, the magic of the world are moments which we can not create on our own and cannot control. Moments that are temporary and all you can do is soak them in as much as you can. When my husband and I were vacationing in Hawaii, we witnessed the most splendid sunset I have ever seen. It was like God had smashed a bunch of yellow, orange and purple flowers and smeared them across the horizon. There was a man performing a ritual dance along the edge of the water. A resident woman said it was rare to see sunsets as beautiful as this and agreed it was magical.
That same resident said on rare occasions she would be driving along the coast at sunset when she would see a whale breeching. “Is this for real?” she would say to herself. Magical.
I don’t believe the magic in our life needs to be so extraordinary as a sunset in Hawaii or a full double rainbow. There are lots of common moments that we cannot create or control in our lives and appreciate just the same.
I love the magic of a snow day when you have nowhere to go and can just watch the snow fall and fall without end. Seeing it create drifts on the front porch so high that when I open the front door there is a wall of snow.
I love seeing the hummingbirds come to the feeder off our deck. I love the blossoms on the trees every spring. I love the colors of the leaves changing every fall. I love seeing butterflies and dragonflies. I love when it rains so much there are streams of water in all the sidewalk gutters.
Not all magic is from nature. I love when my dog falls asleep in my lap. I love feeling the heavy weight of her and listening to her soft snores. Magic.
I love when my husband comes up behind me and hugs me and gives me a kiss. Magic.
When listening to live music and the hair on my arms stand up. That’s magic.
When one of the Saturday Night Live hosts can’t keep from laughing during a skit. That’s magic.
Life is full of magic. It is up to us to see it and appreciate it.
What is it in your life that brings you spontaneous joy? That’s the magic in your life. What do you look forward to seeing every season? That’s the magic in your life. What little things do your loved ones do that make you smile and feel special? That’s the magic in your life.
Every day we can be in awe of something if we open ourselves up to it. When we open ourselves up the magic in our world, we find more joy. We find more hope. We smile more. We laugh more. And we find gratitude for the miracle of life and the world we live in.
Open up to the magic. Small magic. Big magic. It’s all magic.
“Same with anyone who’s been flying for years and loves it still…we’re part of a world we deeply love. Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind!” ~ Richard Bach
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