“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” Roald Dahl
Magic happens every day, but you will never see it if you are not watching.
Have you ever paid attention to the way a snakes skin glistens (No not on a handbag ;))? Watched as it’s coral tongue flickers tasting the air and looks through cold eyes that look like glass? Set this stage for a child and you will see the magic shining through their eyes.
Naturally they think the skin is going to be slimy. Yet when they reach out they find it is smooth, cool to the touch. Amazed they immediately are intrigued and want to learn more about this interesting creature. Something that may have repulsed them moments ago they suddenly can’t get enough of. That is magic.
This was magic too!
This baby python was cold! Actually it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I love to do things my mini men never think I would! That’s my way of showing them that I have a little bit of my own magic.
My point in all of this is I want you to find the wonder in your world. To be intrigued by something and let it draw you in. Instead of being repulsed, look at it deeper or differently than you ever have before. Don’t be so quick to dismiss, look for ways to be more accepting. This works for rough relationships as well as for snakes!
We carry heavy hearts that are consumed with adult worries. We miss the beauty that surrounds us because we are too busy staring at our phones and other electronic devices. That statement could go for our children as well. Sometimes we just need to let it all go, even if for five minutes, and take pure pleasure in something unexpected.
I want you to stop and discover a bit of the magic that is all around you. If it seems to be hiding, go for a walk with your children. Follow their gaze to see what draws them in. Touch the rough bark of a tree. Take your shoes off and stick your toes in a pond or puddle. Do something that your kids would do, but they don’t think you would do in a million years. It is always better when you can share a magical moment with someone else.
Children see the magic because they are looking for it. Their wonder has not been crushed by the demands of being a grown up. Even though we are faced with a lot more responsibilities, I think a child lives deep within us all. If today is feeling a little heavy, invite that child out to play and find a little magic of your own.
These photos were taken in Costa Rica. We took our boys there in 2012, what an adventure it was! Where have you gone on vacation with your family? Would you like to hear more about our different travels? Let me know! Thanks for reading!
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