Character: Build It Here
Magic and Hope
When I wake up in the morning, I take a few minutes to think about the fact that I can open my eyes to see the faint light coming through the window at the foot of my bed. I pause, listening to the sounds of the city, filtering out the traffic so I can tune in the morning birds who greet each day in joyous song. I raise my arms, palms upward to feel the air. I take a deep breath and think about my intention for the day. I sit up, dangling my feet off the bed, then slowly stand, spreading my toes out to connect with the floor. I center both feet, making sure of my balance.
Then I go about the rest of my morning routine: fixing a pot of strong coffee, and cooking breakfast. Then head to my office to look up my one-word daily intention in the dictionary and ponder its meaning and origin.
Every morning I read Seth Godin’s daily blog. On Tuesday, he was going on about letting go of magical thinking. I thought, yeah, I should do that. I indulge way too much in that habit. It’s about time I got down to the hard work of living in reality. Then I finished my bok choy, eggs, and black coffee, and settled into my morning meditation.
Afterward I got up to do a few chores and as I was standing there sorting laundry, my phone pinged with a Tweet. Magic and Hope had just followed me on Twitter. I thought, ‘What! Who’s this?’ I looked at their site and found out that they are “Magicians Without Borders”, a great organization that takes magic and hope to refugee camps around the world.
I went about the rest of my day, glad to know that Magic was alive and well.
Later that evening, I looked out the bathroom window to see the sunset. The window is small and near the ceiling. I have to stand on my tippy toes to look out. Rain clouds swept the sky in shades of gray and pink. I said out loud, “Thank you. This is beautiful. Thank you for this magical day. Thank you.” And then a hummingbird flew straight up out of nowhere, hovering in the center of my window, fluttering its wings and then, in an instant, disappeared like magic.