This time of year, the sunrise can be pretty spectacular.
If you didn't make the effort to wake up extra early, you would not see the magic.
Sometimes there are even little surprises....
Like this cloud formation that turned from pink to yellow as the sun rose.
And then just as quickly, it all faded away....
to be slowly swallowed up by the rising mist once more.
It is these special, fleeting moments that you have to look for.
Those moments of magic that you would otherwise miss.
To bring magic into your life, you must continually seek it.
"The universe is full of magical things,
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
- Eden Phillpotts -
It is there, free for the taking.
"The power of thought, the magic of mind!"
- Lord Byron -
"That's the thing with magic.
You've got to know it's still there, all around us,
or it just stays invisible for you."
- Charles de Lint -
You can create your own magic by planting a garden,
nurturing a friendship,
or loving a child or a pet.
"Cats are magical...The more you pet them the longer you both live."
- Lokiandari -
"It is the function of art to renew our perception.
What we are familiar with we cease to see.
The writer shakes up the familiar scene,
and, as if by magic,
we see a new meaning in it."
- Anais Nin -
Magic happens when you cook a good meal to share with loved ones,
create a piece of art,
or read a good book.
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
- Steven King -
Magic is everywhere if you know where to look.
"This world, after all our science and sciences,
is still a miracle;
wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more,
to whosoever will think of it."
- Thomas Dekker -
You can start by looking deep inside your heart.
Find what makes you happy, what makes you sing.
And share that magic with others.
Give a compliment, a listening ear, a helping hand, a kind word of encouragement.
Seeing the light in someone's eyes when you've lifted their spirits is a special kind of magic.
And it's all free!
"There is magic in that little world, home;
it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts
and virtues never known
beyond its hallowed limits."
- Robert Southey -
So as this New Year dawns upon us,
my wish is that we all find the magic,
by seeking it and by creating it.
Because magic is a funny thing -
It's always right there in front of us....
If we believe.
"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us -
in the dreariest and most dreaded moments -
can see a possibility of hope."
- Maya Angelou -