This little reminder has been doing the rounds on social media lately and it got me thinking. How many people actually understand it? Do you interpret it purely as fact? Does your response sound something like “oh, ok, I will do just that, when I get the time….” Or do you understand what this is really saying?
When my mum and I travelled to England before she became really sick, I soaked in her wisdom. I knew that it was an integral time of my life and I came home with open eyes and an open heart. One particular moment that I am drawn to when I see the above image is this…
One blissful sunny morning, mum and I were walking through St James Park in London and she motioned for us to sit on a park bench. Now, at that time of my life, I was quite impatient and wasn’t overly keen to just sit but I did as she did, that was how it went. As we sat, I talked and talked and talked, not about anything overly ground breaking, nothing relative to the moment, not allowing her to get a word in and suddenly she said “LEIGH!”. “
What?”, I replied. “Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”, she added. “Stop making noise and when I ask, tell me what you hear.” A little time passed and she questioned my findings. “Cars, horns, people talking, sirens…….” was my answer. “OK, now do it again”, she said, “and don’t pay any attention to any of that, then tell me what you hear.” More time passed, maybe lots, I don’t remember, but the second time she questioned me I replied “ducks quaking, leaves rustling, the wind whooshing, water trickling, and I felt the warmth of the sun on my back.” “Good”, she said “try to remember how to listen, really listen. Take it all in. Appreciate what is around you. Absorb the magic”.
Absorb the magic…..
I interpret the magic of life as those sounds we are not conditioned to hear. Those moments that flitter by without any warning that are simply and divinely full filling. The larger scale of what we see, do and feel. Its necessary to learn how to notice all of this magic. When you do, you will gain so much appreciation of everything that surrounds you and more importantly, these magical treasures are what you will be aware of above all else.
So, stop. And listen.
The rewards that life will grant you will ignite your soul. Always.
‘So 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.