Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Find magic in the mundane: Day 7: Mindfulness Challenge


Roald Dahl, one of my favourite authors said it best: 

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

He ought to know what he was talking about. He had a lot of magic in his books. 

Not the kind that you might find at Hogwarts, no way.

Dahl had the unique ability to make the most mundane incident appear magical, as if you were reading it for the first time. 
It had never happened before. 
Not to anyone.
Not before. 
Not since.

Magic like that you can always find in books.
And in the movies.

But magic, of a different kind, is also to be found in the mundane, if you only look for it.

Or create it, if it isn't there.

The ordinary can be home to magic.

We are all carriers of magic, and wonder.

If we only choose to see it.

Poet WB Yeats once said: 

The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

The ordinary, monotonous tasks we do.
Through the days

The laundry, the cooking, the dish washing, the sweeping, the dusting, the floor mopping, the lawn mowing, the driving.

They can all be imbued with magic.

If you remind yourself of the loved ones you are doing them for.

Our forefathers would see magic in the appliances that we see as necessities.

Their lives were filled with drudgery and monotony, consumed by backbreaking physical labour.

The tedium of walking long distances to fetch water. 

With no warm water in the winter, no cool water in the summer, no refrigerators, no ACs, no cars, no televisions, no computers, no smartphones, no Internet.

They'd laugh and phooey in our faces if we tried to mope about the commonplaceness and the banality of our lives.

For once, let's look at ourselves through the eyes of someone who has less than we do.

Gratitude is a magical experience.

In case you want to know, Kindspring helps me find magic in the mundane.

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