Do You Believe in Magic?

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.  Roald Dahl

I do believe in magic. Not the hocus-pocus kind, and certainly not the “black arts“, supernatural type. Although I did have exposure to some slight of hand earlier this fall, which did result in real magic.

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My oldest grandson, who marches to the beat of his own drummer, and I spent hours setting up, practicing and performing some magic tricks. They were the “Now you see the coin, now you don’t” variety. He was focused. He got the patter down; he was adept at mastering the physical elements of the tricks. He even had the flourish at the end that is the mark of all good magicians. (You can click here to watch him make a toothpick disappear and reappear.)

As I made videos of him performing, I could see his shy smile spreading as he became proficient. I have seen that expression many times before as a school teacher. It signifies a child gaining self-confidence through mastery. That’s magic.

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I believe magic comes in many forms. Sometimes it falls into our laps, an unintended consequence of our actions, serendipity. When I first began blogging I wrote an article about a run I did on a local rail trail on a frigid day. It was an out-and-back affair, meaning I retraced my steps as I returned.

On my way out, I saw nothing special; on the way back, I noticed sunlight sparkling off of a Christmas ornament someone had hung on a trail-side tree. Then I noticed another one. And another. I had missed a dozen Christmas ornaments scattered along the path at irregular intervals. My pace picked up, my mood improved, I was excited to find the next little jewel as I ran. That was magic.

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The shooting star I saw in the early morning Colorado predawn darkness from my son’s deck in Steamboat Springs was magic; double rainbows are, too. The purple light visible as you watch snow sift through evergreen trees at dusk is magic, and so is the apricot sky during sunset over the ocean.

Sometimes, though, magic does not come into our lives spontaneously. Sometimes we must go searching for magic. That’s what I was doing yesterday when I set out to run on the bike path behind my house.

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I always get a little restless during the taper period before a long race. Resting is not my strong suit. Yesterday was the Friday before my Sunday marathon and relaxation was prescribed, but I needed some magic. “Running a slow two miles on the gravel path would not hurt,” I reasoned. I planned to take my phone with me and try to capture something special, which would ensure a snail’s pace. I even brought my geriatric dog Benji on my quest for magic.

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Now, for those of you who don’t know, I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I recently researched the typical date of the first local frost. It’s October 11. My source also stated that Lancaster County would “almost certainly” experience frost before October 25, but today is October 27, and we have not had one yet. No temperatures are in the five-day forecast that would bring frost to our area, so the brilliant fall colors are still elusive.

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Instead, my marigolds and roses still bloom. A little bit of summer when it’s almost November is magic, and I hadn’t even left my backyard.

When I got to the meadow where the bike path is, no one was around, so I let Benji off his leash. I felt like ambling, rather than running, so I strolled, in order to better stalk magic. Meditations in Motion

I found a big green leaf that had fallen on the path from a pawpaw tree (my hand is in the picture for size comparison). I love pawpaws because of their intrinsic beauty and because they remind me of my mom. In May, Mom’s birthday month, they are strung with garlands of beautiful purple flowers emitting a strong, sweet odor. Purple was Mom’s favorite color.

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There was a blown milkweed pod ready to scatter its silk-topped seeds. All it required was the slightest puff of wind. The field surrounding the path is cropped short now, but a month ago, it was thigh-high in milkweeds. I could smell them at night through my screened windows as they released their sweet scent, and hundreds of butterflies danced among the flowers during the day. This particular plant, close to the stream, where the mowers don’t go, survived to release its seeds for next year’s crop.

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I saw a fern sprouting from a felled willow trunk. Amazingly, even though this willow tree has been horizontal rather than vertical for years, it still sends out some shoots and green leaves each spring. It recalls to me just how precious life is, and how vigorously we cling to it. The fern, however, reminded me of the way of the world, new life from old, beauty rising, magic.

Here is the thing about magic – sometimes it comes to you, unbidden, and sometimes you have to hunt it down. Sometimes magic appears in our lives out of the blue, though we have done nothing to merit it, and sometimes we must go searching. In either case, our hearts must be open to magic in order for it to come into our lives. We must be willing to receive it. We must always put ourselves in a position to experience magic. It is there. Are you?

Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.     – John 1:16

 

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96 comments

  1. When I walk with my camera, it is totally different than when I am just walking the dog. With the camera, I am searching for beauty and I find it everywhere. Without the camera, I’m focused on executing the task at hand. Carrying the camera is a clear reminder of how beautiful the world is. Good for you for finding that type of magic!

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  2. Oh, how I love this post. Sometimes it’s hard to describe the kind of magic I believe in but you’ve done it perfectly. And you always experience some type of magic when you get outside in nature! It draws me! And I’m like you. I knew I was going for a long hike on Sunday but Saturday I felt restless and decided it wouldn’t hurt to go for a short one. I don’t usually hike 2 days in a row but I’m so glad I did. I found a painted rock when I stopped at a second trail head to just ‘look around’. Magic!

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    • Oh, those painted rocks are so cool! My grandson found one at the park we sometimes go to, and he was thrilled. You have to put yourself in a position to find the magic that is there! 🙂

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  3. I wrote something similar a few weeks ago “Does Magic Exist?” I think like you said, magic is all around us. We just need to be ready and open to receive it. The magic of a magnificent sunset; the magic of a frost-covered meadow. The magic found in child-like innocence; just to accept something to be true – that the fiery sunset over the ocean or lake is magic. Not needing to know the physics behind why the sunset is like that.

    When we lose that child-like innocence to simply believe it to be so, then a part of living and experiencing the world around us is lost as well.

    Great post.

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  4. I don’t use the word magic to describe fate or signs, but it seems like the same thing! When I’m running, I always see things that make me stop and pause for a minute. Nature is truly amazing.

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  5. I am there. Magic is everywhere, we just have to see it. Or sometimes it clobbers us on the head like when entries to London and Tokyo come to fruition within a week of each other. That’s pure magic.

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  6. I remember a run probably about 3 years ago. At a park I run at often. My dog was slowly dying from heart failure, and my heart was heavy. As I ran on the very short trail through the woods, I saw a tree with Christmas ornaments (and I’m Jewish!). But it really lifted my heart. I’d never seen it there before, although I believe it’s actually up there year round.

    One of them also had a message, and although I forget what it said, it was just what I needed in the moment.

    So, how did MCM go????

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    • Lights on a dark night are usually uplifting, no matter what the source. Dogs become part of the family, and letting them go is so difficult!

      MCM went better than expected. My time was 1 minute faster than my August marathon, so I count that as a win! 🙂

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  7. I salute you, Laurie, and all those who are alive to magic. As for creating magic ourselves, the biggest mistake we make is thinking that magic doesn’t involve effort; it does, but the magic happens when we let go of the results, which when they do arrive are miraculous in nature.

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    • One of the things I stressed over and over to my boys when they were young is that we are each responsible for our own happiness. Sometimes it falls in our laps; most times, as you said, it involves effort on our part. We must be open to the magic in order for it to happen, though!

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  8. Wonderful post, Laurie, There is a wonder which fills our souls and points us to Him when we find these special moments. I am so grateful you shared your magic moments with us all.

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  9. Laurie, what a beautiful post. Yes, we must be intentional about looking for magic. I love taking walks so I can look for magic and take photos. Sometimes magic looks like a teen boy giving me a hug . . . in front of classmates. Or vibrant sunrises and sunsets. Or a spontaneous “I love you, Mom,” from one of my sons.

    Loved your photos!

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    • Thank you, Jeanne. I find that having a phone (with a camera) with me forces me to slow down and notice things.

      And, as the mother of 3 boys, I completely understand the magic you describe with your sons! 🙂

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  10. Its amazing what you can find when you just slow down and look around once in awhile! I think I can be so caught up in try to get things done that I often miss things that are right in front of me. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and find some of that magic!

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  11. Beautiful post! I especially liked the horizontal tree still holding on to life and offering a base for the fern and the Christmas ornaments. Yesterday, I started cleaning out my deceased parents’ attic. Soooooo many Christmas ornaments. Maybe I’ll hang some along a public path. I love that idea. It sparkles.

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  12. Nature shows up with all sorts of magical beauty when I am out walking. It is always a blessing when a splash of color or other surprise seems to be right in front of me. Thank you for your beautiful pictures.

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  13. What a lovely post! I watched your grandson’s trick 3x and could not figure out how he made that toothpick disappear and reappear–tell him “BRAVO!” for me, please!
    I think nature gifts us all with the best magic of all if we take the time to enjoy it. It seems you have realized the same!

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    • He will be thrilled when I tell him that people are watching his trick! 🙂 I will be sure to tell him.
      Yes, nature does provide us with an endless supply of magic tricks!

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  14. I really enjoyed this post. I work with many students who march to the beat of their own drummer. There is nothing like a unique mind. Thanks for linking up today.

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    • Thank you, Michelle. I was a school teacher for 30+ years. Many of my students also marched to the beat of a different drummer! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

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  15. Thank you for the reminder to look for the magic that is all around us. I also have a trail close to my whom on which I often run and where I find magic every time if I’m paying attention. My grandchildren are another source of frequent magic. Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m so glad to have been introduced to your blog. I’ll be back often.

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  16. This is gorgeous and I absolutely love your Roald Dahl quote. It’s actually one I’m always rattling on about… because I really do think that we have to open our hearts and minds to find those little bits of gold dust. Thank you for joining us for the #dreamteam xx

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  17. Love this. I think our children are so much better at this than we are, I don’t know what happens that puts our blinders on, but looking around and seeing the “magic” is a pretty important key to a happy and fulfilling life #blogginggoodtime

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  18. I believe the Beauty, and the ‘magic’ if you will, lies in seeing the everyday in a new way, every day. A new perspective can bring new details, new meanings, we never noticed before.

    That and understanding the ‘feeling’ or magic is more a matter of our own current internal mood determining how we perceive a thing to be more than the way the thing really, objectively, ‘is’.

    My favourite quote about magic is from Arthur C Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (for those who do not understand the tech.)

    A cigarette lighter would have been an example of ‘magic’ to Amazon tribesmen who first met white explorers. 🙂

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