Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars?
"Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live." Nora Roberts
Perhaps more than even ever this message is timely. There was a time when you didn't worry about yesterday or tomorrow. You were totally engaged in the moment looking at those rainbows and gazing at the stars. Do you remember what that was like?
Many of us have fond memories of playing at the playground. There was the swing, the slide, the seesaw and the sandbox. And of course the other kids. Once you felt safe, you let go and forgot about time. You weren't concerned with what you had to do "afterwards;" you didn't even think about "afterwards" or "tomorrow." You were in the moment. Nothing else mattered. You can be there again.
For some of us that playground might have looked different. It might have been the park or the street in front of our house. There was always a game that you could play that was played before by other kids. If there wasn't a game you liked, you used your imagination and made one up, including the rituals that went along with it. Because it was your 'magical playground,' you were in your own world with your own set of rules.
Then one day you grew up and the game got more serious. In this new game, there was a new set of rules that put more emphasis and importance on results, money, and accomplishments, rather than on fun and play. You worried about the loose ends and uncertainty in your life. You worried about tomorrow, and whether you were good enough to make it, whatever making it meant for you. You forgot about the magical playground. It was just a distant memory.
In this new game you created a story. You believed that because of the demands of this new game that you didn't have time for play but it actually works the other way. When you make time for play and what's meaningful for you, you'll get better results in the bigger game of life. You'll struggle less and be more fun to be around.
When you're excited about one aspect of your life that enthusiasm spreads to your entire being. Your passion and enthusiasm is contagious. People want to be around you.
We use our imagination all of the time. When we worry we drive ourselves nuts by imagining worse case scenarios. There's a better way we can use our imagination; a way that is exciting and fulfilling-a way that empowers us.
We rediscover a magical playground for our lives today. We dream again. We are happy. We are courageous. We have vision. We believe our lives will turn out better than we expected. Yes that might require a stretch of the imagination, but why not stretch it. Just for fun take some time now and imagine that your life has exceeded your expectations. Imagine who you become in the process and the different parts you get to play. In truth you have been doing this all along. As Shakespeare wrote in As you Like It,
"All the world's a stage.
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."
Whatever stage you are on in your life journey, you've already played many parts and I'm sure you'll play many more. Each role has its unique set of rules, language, rituals and costumes. I've played lawyer, musician, father, husband and athlete and now I'm playing wise elder.
Ready to create the next part? THEN
ENTER YOUR MAGICAL PLAYGROUND
On the entrance is the following:
"Dream again! Dare again!
Feel enjoyment and happiness again,
or perhaps for the first time.
To realize -You are fully alive!!!
Each day take some time to be in that playground. I like to start my day there. It gets me ready for the day. Just in case you are wondering, some of what you have just read is from my latest book, The Soul of Uncertainty.
Enjoy this great adventure, this great mystery called LIFE.
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Walk in Freedom
"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive." Joseph Campbell
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Mark Susnow, knows change. At the turn of the new millennium, he transitioned from a successful career as a trial attorney to what he does now as a life coach and strategist
and thought-leader inspiring others to believe in themselves.
He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. He integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation and playing music.
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