Monday, March 4, 2013

Do you believe in magic?

As kids we believed in magic. We didn’t question the world of fairy tales, tooth fairies and the charming prince that saved the distressed damsel to live in everlasting happiness and prosperity. We watched magic shows and marvelled at how these things could possibly exist, believing every illusion, every disappearing bunny.

As we grew older, we become more cynical – ‘realistic’ we like to call it – but who’s to say there isn’t magic happening around us every day. Maybe it just depends on how we choose to see things, what we choose to focus on. 

I recently heard a story from a friend who was going through a really hard time. She had lost her job, was running out of money fast and at the same time running out of options. She felt as though her world was falling apart around her. One day, as she was driving back from yet another job interview, she had a car accident and although no-one was hurt, her car was written-off. She had neither insurance nor money to pay for a new car. In her state of anguish, losing the car that she was using to go job-hunting, she was desperate and did not know where to turn. She managed to get herself home and go to sleep. The next morning, a friend with whom she hadn’t been in touch for a long time – and not one who she considered close enough to ask for help –  phoned to tell her that she had just purchased a new car and would like to give her the old one, at no cost. This woman was floored – how could this have happened at this time and from such an unlikely source?

Co-incidence or magic?

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a webinar series with Martha Beck where we spoke about accessing the ‘technologies of magic’ as Martha calls it and she proceeded to lead us through a process of bending a spoon. While I didn’t manage to bend my spoon, picture upon picture of various types of cutlery, all bent and twisted into weird and wonderful shapes, began appearing on our group chats with excited, disbelieving comments accompanying them.

Illusion, trickery or magic?

When you happen to be thinking about someone and in the next moment the phone rings with this person on the other end of the line…

Luck or magic?

Maybe it really does depend on how we choose to view what happens to us… Perhaps if we begin to train our eyes and hearts to look for magic in every day, we will start believing again…

In Einstein’s words,
There are two ways to live our life: you can live as if nothing is a miracle or you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Which do you choose?