It’s been a very long while, blogging friends. Some of you have no doubt forgotten me. I would understand; it’s a fickle world sometimes, and out of sight… out of mind. Admittedly, my head has been in other places. Stuck? Yes, a bit. Writing has not flowed like it usually does… even though my thoughts are endlessly writing something new. But I’m currently in Israel, with my 8 month old grandson (who I’m not allowed to share here) and I get so swept up in his brand of magic, that I forget to do much else… including sleep! I’ll catch up later. I always tell my kids “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!”
We attended our daughter’s wedding just 2 days ago and I’m still floating. I wrote this piece a while back, and never posted… the magic of the past few days reminded me to put it out there. *Note: the sweet photo included, with my grandson, doesn’t show his face, so I feel like I’m not really breaking any rules. In the land of grandma brag rights, let me tell you: this baby is yummy beyond words!
Do you believe in magic? Do you still embrace wonder? It’s easy to get so caught up in the daily hum, that we miss it. Take a moment and look out your window–– notice the color of the light outside. Look at it a few hours later and it’s changed. Magic! When was the last time you rode in a car and realized how incredible it is that we move from point A to point B in minutes, when walking would take so much longer. We load our groceries in that car; we load our children, but we don’t pay attention to it. Imagine how people felt, when they first transitioned from foot to horses and then enjoyed the magic of cars!
The planet we live on gets smaller and smaller all the time, as we have more ways to connect and be together. I turn on my computer and my new grandson, who lives in Israel, is laughing while I sing to him. Just a few years ago, my babies were small and my own mother, had to wait for us to visit, or for me to send photos–– real photos, that had to be developed, printed, and then mailed… in an envelope with postage. Today, a digital photo is ready as soon as you snap it, and can be round the world, online, in another snap.
I dream of flying fairly often. I watch birds and envy their freedom to soar. When was the last time that you flew somewhere and realized that you are in the air, flying. When I need to be with my daughter and my adorable grand baby, I get on a plane on the west coast of the U.S., stop in Toronto, and exit about 24 hours later in Israel–– 7,000 miles away. Magic! We’re served food, and use bathrooms, at about 40,000 feet above the ground, and forget how incredible it is.
When was the last time you looked at the people you love and thought about how incredible it is that we connect and make bonds that sustain us. Some times when I look at my children, I am still rocked by the knowledge that I helped make them. I connected with another human, and created three more humans. Now, one of them has met her love, and created another new little person, my first grandchild, who makes everything glitter. Magic! We are surrounded by incredible things, every day of our lives, and so often we forget to notice them. We forget to be amazed.
There have been so many incredible advances: in medicine, technology, science, that it’s easy to forget how incredible things are. In my lifetime, man went to the moon. Now, I send a message from one end of the U.S. to Israel, in seconds. I call there for free, when I had to pay $10 a minute, to call Australia, when I was in college and in love. The wonders of distances and how we bridge them, spins my head.We are literally surrounded by wonder and magic, some of which we’ve forgotten to be awed by. Even after all these years, I’m amazed when I watch a space ship take off; I’m mystified by the images that come back from Mars, and I felt giddy each time I saw an update from Commander Scott Kelly, during his year in space, on the International Space Station. Have you stopped to think about how incredible it is that there are humans living, up in space–– looking down at us right now? That one of them was sending updates on Twitter, daily–– It blows the mind! How often do we stop to notice that we live on a spectacular blue planet with endless life forms and infinite wonder and options?
Recently I had a conversation with my husband and youngest son, about Earth and other planets, and all the incredible things that we take for granted right here. They humored me, aware that I often sound like I’m tripping. I had seen in the news that an image captured on Mars “looks just like a mouse.” It does! My husband and son were insistent that it couldn’t be a mouse. And, if it were, it couldn’t survive on the salt water on Mars. Why not? We have no evidence of what can and can’t live on Mars. Where’s the wonder? If our planet holds so many wonders, why can’t another planet hold equal mystery? Perhaps there are mice on Mars, that thrive on salt water and red rocks.
We dream of flying, and we can. We have phones that bring the whole world into our hands. We switch on our televisions and can be almost anywhere we want to be. We can have foods we love any time of year–– seasons no longer hold us hostage. We move from place to place with ease, whether it’s by bus, car, plane or even a bicycle. Marijuana is legal where I live, but you don’t have to be high to feel swept away. Life is so big and amazing; there are endless ways to tap into wonder, if we pause to notice what’s around us. If we look out the window and take in the view, we can experience incredible beauty, wherever we are.It’s all magic, if we only stop to notice and appreciate it. If we tap into wonder, and forget about logic for a moment, there is so much Magic. Everything is so amazing!
Louis CK did a skit about these very thoughts. Take a moment and watch; it’s hilarious!
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