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“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”
― Nora Roberts
Snow in September.
Magic waltzes into our lives when we don’t plan for it, but are capable of observing and savoring it.
The snow danced about Bend Saturday afternoon and evening, and by Sunday morning, the west side (as it is slightly higher in elevation) was kissed with snow. A truly cozy and wonderful weekend. Taking a walk to savor this magical moment, Norman and I went exploring Sunday morning, and at times, even Norman demonstrated surprise and then delight by the snow he discovered.
Making room for magic is to open ourselves up to the world’s gifts and unknowns. Meghan Markle, six months before she went on a blind date with Prince Harry, wrote a blog post on her blog The Tig about just this practice, creating a life that allows room for the magic to dance in and delight us. Well, it certainly danced into her life.
To open ourselves up means we have to let go, and doing so can cause us to lose our balance, especially if we regularly make it a practice of trying to micro-manage our lives. .
Now, I am not saying we all want a Prince to be part of the magic we hope will cross our paths, but that’s just it, when we let go, we open ourselves up to what is wishing we would open our eyes in order to be able to see, for it is only something we will see, if only we will stop looking at our phone, our planner, our watch, our schedule, and just be present in this vast and awesome world.
None of this is to say we have to let go of dreams, or give up putting forth the hard work that is necessary, but it does mean we have to loosen the reins a bit.
As an equestrian rider for nearly all of my first 20 years, what you begin to learn as you become a partner with your horse is that you must gain the trust of your steed, sit confidently and sure in your seat, using your legs for balance to hold on, head up, and soon, with the right practice, the horse will drop its nose and work with you allowing for there to be more give in the reins and more comfort for both. You have to trust each other, just as we have to trust ourselves and our journey in order to let go and trust that there is magic in this world that is just for us.
While there are many lessons my thirties taught me that I am thankful to take with me into my forties, one of them is that the magic is real. We simply need to walk with our head up and eyes wide with curiosity to notice the magic when it decides to offer a glimpse of itself to us.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats
Wishing you a lovely Monday, and look for a new episode of the podcast next Monday.