Sometimes it seems incredibly difficult to understand that beauty and wonder, even magic, are all around us.
Especially when something tragic happens: we lose a loved one, we lose a home or the doctor’s diagnosis isn’t good. When bad things happen in our lives, our countries or other countries, or when we simply wake up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning, it can be nearly impossible to remember that the miraculous is around every corner.
But when was the last time we realized, or even cared, that there is grandeur in our everyday lives?
I had a Facebook friend write me a wonderful note the other day.
“Sherri,” he said with gusto, “there is magic in everyday life.”
And I realized, in a kind of eureka moment, that mystery and wonder occur in my life every day.
Magic is sewn into the very fabric of our 24-hour day, seamlessly conjoined with the ordinary, the humdrum, the pragmatic obvious. It could be simple, quirky, seemingly ordinary, even. We bump up against the most miraculous things: the clerk at the bank with the fresh tattoo, a woman great with child, a paperboy throwing newspapers, the smell of freshly baked croissants, the sound of rain.
I walked through a garden recently. It was bare and naked from the winter’s cold drafts. Only a few Christmas lights moved in the wind, like fairies. I just stood there and prayed. It was beautiful. It was…magical.
I was walking on the streets of New York City recently when a young Hasidic boy popped into my path.
He asked my friend, “Are you Jewish?” She said, quietly, “No.”
Then the boy looked up at me as I asked him, “Are you Jewish?” With earnest eyes he replied, “Yes!”
It was the most heartwarming, encouraging exchange. Though simple, his confidence and joy were…magical.
I have been blessed by the note my Facebook friend passed my way. It has reminded me that life is anything but ordinary. It is, rather, extraordinary. It is low-hung with beauty and mystery.
Everyday life is…magical.
Sherri Rosen is now living in Harlem, New York. She has had her own publicity business for 12 years, giving a powerful voice to people who are doing good things in the world. She writes her own blog at www.SherriRosen.com.
Assistant Ed.: Jayleigh Lewis