Do you believe in magic?

“Everyone wants a magical solution to their problems and [yet] everyone refuses to believe in magic”Once Upon a Time,The Mad Hatter

 

In our society today we assume that there is always a solution for a problem that arises. It’s just a Google search away right? Wrong! Sometimes so many things come piling on us out of nowhere, we have no choice but to just believe it will work out. So many people don’t believe in this thing called magic. It is true that they want some quick fix, but honestly, you must believe with everything inside your body to make it come true. Sometimes we need to push further than we ever imagined. We need to let go of searching for a magical solution and accept the uncertainty. If we just give that extra push, we may find that magic lies right around the bend.Trust, trust, and trust some more that the answer will come. 

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Beautiful Disaster. . .

“Sometimes the dustiest cover hides the best book. Sometimes the best cup is chipped.”-Once Upon A Time

Sometimes imperfections in life steer us away from greatness. Imperfections come in many different shapes and sizes, from a boss you can’t stand in an ideal job, to a relationship that has minor hardships. But the biggest imperfections in life, are the ones we place on ourselves. How many times a day do you judge not only yourself, but your actions? How many times do you look in the mirror and pick one thing that’s wrong with your appearance? Imagine if instead, each morning we picked one thing we loved about ourselves, and didn’t want to change in the least. We would be so happy and positive about our appearance, and more accepting of ourselves. Stop picking on yourself, and instead be and accept yourself. Shine your imperfections, and be who you are. When we look at a flower, where do the imperfections begin and end? The whole picture is perfect, the in between do not need to be magnified. We always want to challenge ourselves and push ourselves to the limit, but along the way a little pat on the back is not only nice, but uplifting and will get us to our end goal faster. Yes we are that chipped cup, but if others can look past our chip, can’t we ourselves do the same? You are beautifully flawed, and  imperfectly perfect!

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Weathering The Storm

“There’s always another storm. It’s the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.”

Life can often feel stormy, and certainly unpredictable. You have your entire weekend planned out, and suddenly something comes spiraling out of nowhere. Sometimes we have to trust these moments when it snow in the desert. If we took the time to observe our natural surroundings we would see that it takes a single tree years and years to grow an mature, and that single tree could break in a storm, or stand tall and just lose one branch. But eventually, that single tree will regenerate and grow again. Many things in life happen to us unpredictably. They come out of nowhere at times, but they help us. They create us, and shape our path. Even small occurrences can change an entire pattern of our path. We must stay flexible in our plans, and we must learn that we don’t need to understand everything as a whole. We don’t have to be prepared for these unpredictable storms, because eventually we will regenerate.

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Strangers. . .

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

 

I work with kids in a dance camp, and every year we see new faces, new personalities, and new challenges. Every year I learn more and more patience, but this year seems it’s going to be a bit of a twist. I met a young boy, whom when I received his paper work, I found out he comes from a foster center. He is overly polite, always helping me move tables, carry things, etc. He always has this smile that can make you laugh even if the rest of the class is going bonkers! The first day of camp, he came with no food or drinks for lunch. One of the girls asked him if he had money for pizza and a drink, and he said no. We all gathered money and went to get him three slices of pizza and a drink. He kept saying he wasn’t hungry, and not to worry, but boy when he saw those three slices, his face lit up. Every day since, we have pooled together money to buy him lunch and a snack. I use to think my life had so many problems, ups and downs, until I met him. I could only imagine in my mind what his life has been. I feel that meeting him, a complete stranger, has taught me so much more then patience, and it’s only the second week of camp. We all spend so much time stressing the minor things in life. But how often do we think about the people who don’t even get to think about the situations we are stressed about. People who have to think about how they are going to get food for the day, or where they can find shelter for the night. A perfect stranger in just a few moments of life changed my whole thought process.

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Unlock Forgotten Memories

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary, and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains…”

Have you ever stood waiting in a store and familiar scent had passed you by? At that moment you can almost closer your eyes and envision that exact time in your life where you first related to that scent. The smell of coffee, for instance reminds me of mornings. But this scent I’m referring to is a deeper connection. The smell of someone’s perfume or cologne, or the body wash they use. This instance happened to me this morning when I was waiting in the deli for my food to be ready. Someone was standing behind me, and I just closed my eyes and saw memories flash before my eyes. They were so vivid, as if I was experiencing them all over again. It was mind boggling to me that this single minute invoked all these feelings with just one whiff of a familiar scent.  Memories which we thought were lost are now unlocked. It not only brought up the first initial time I had been introduced to that scent, but it went much deeper then that. These moments in life, where these mystical things happen, can either bring us great happiness, or bring us back to some of our saddest moments. But I am certainly grateful for the place that this familiar scent has brought me. It is a reminder not only of how far I have come, but how much I would not want to go back to where I was. The beauty of life, and the power of a single scent to unlock our deepest forgotten memories.