Thursday, December 24, 2015

Those Who Don't Believe In Magic Will Never Find It

'And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. 
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.'
- Roald Dahl 

When you were a child, you didn’t have any explanations, and things just were as you imagined them to be. The lightning bugs were fairies; the wishes you could make on a shooting star would come true as long as you didn’t utter it aloud, same with birthday candles and dandelion puffs. Butterflies lived for twenty four hours and you cried at their funerals because you understood then that life was fleeting. You knew the rain was coming from the smell of the grass on your way to school in the morning. You knew it would be a beautiful summer day if the moon was water colored red. You believed in fables and myths and legends.

And then you stopped.

You explained away all your bright, glittering joy. You told yourself the Universe wasn’t listening anymore, but in fact you just forgot … … how to speak the language of trees and gurgling streams and forgot … … how to decode the flight patterns, the hieroglyphics of thundering wings. You got too caught up in making a living that you forgot the magic in this life ... … turned blind eyes to the glowing aura that surrounds the moon at twilight.

When I was little, I believed that Christmas is about miracles and wonders. Today I want to believe again that I live in a magical place, despite its blood-tinged wars and dark shadowed schemes. A world created from the pitch. Because we are made of magic and we are the starlight shooting forth from that dark.

Magic lives on in the world
for as long as we choose to believe in it
and keep making it happen
for those whom we love

and for others.

I hope you all have a merry merry, happy happy, joy-filled holiday season!

Keep believing. 

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