This world truly is a magical place to live. We usually have trouble remembering that. Life gets in the way of noticing the magic all around you. I am reminded every day in the summer time. I hear so many beautiful sounds pouring out of trees that surround my home. Flowers are blooming everywhere, berries popping out of the bushes, and animals wander around my yard. Summertime is a time of year when it’s just a little bit easier to see the magic of the world.
Look for the magic everyday. Ask The Universe / God for a surprise in the morning before you get up, and then just pay attention, and see what shows up. I did that this morning, and less than one hour later, my mom brought me a container filled with freshly picked black raspberries. I love black raspberries. I always receive something when I ask. Even when I don’t ask, many times I am surprised with something I like that just shows up out of the blue.
Some people seem to constantly worry that things will go wrong. It’s easy to get sucked into worrying, with all the news stories about everything bad that has happened that day, all over the world. All the commercials about medicines for this and that, and how many people are suffering from one disease or another. Then, the list of horrible side effects of each and every medication that is advertised. If you’re not feeling good and need to take medicine, you can expect to feel even worse with one or more side effects. Bad luck would appear to be around each and every corner! Instead of believing something bad will happen, expect good things to happen to you. Expect things to go well in your life, and more often than not, they will.
Being in a wheelchair full-time requires lots of planning for every trip, everywhere you go. Not just the usual planning, but extra planning because no matter how people try, life is not wheelchair accessible! It really isn’t. Everywhere I go, I have to research how accessible it will be, and plan where to park, make sure there is a ramp to get in, if there will there be a family bathroom, ect… But, when planning isn’t an option, I find that if I expect things to go well, they usually do. Like when we took our trip to Ireland, I was told it may not be very accessible. I rented an accessible home, booked accessible hotel rooms (which means different things to different people, that’s a whole other blog post) and a van big enough for my wheelchair, but otherwise I couldn’t really plan on too much. I didn’t know what restaurants would be accessible. I just expected we would find something. And, we did. My husband would often get out ahead of me to go in and see how hard it would be to get a wheelchair in, and many times the owner would pull out a board or something we could use to make a ramp for my chair, or show us a different entrance. It always worked out. When we went through a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory, the tour guide went out of her way to help, she made sure people moved out of my way so I could see everything on the tour. People held doors for us. Everywhere we went, things just worked out. That’s not to say we had a perfect trip. A vacation without a little drama might be viewed as boring, and God knows I don’t want to be bored. So, we arrived in Ireland, long before the car rental place had opened. So, we waited and waited. Then, we found out that their airport office was not even open, so we took the shuttle to their office nearby. Also, we arrived at the airport, but half of our luggage did not. So, we spent our second day there waiting for a call to say that our luggage had been found, and driving back to the airport to pick up our luggage. But, all in all, Ireland turned out to be one of our best vacations, and one of the most accessible places I’ve ever been.
Magic is all around you, just pay attention. Slow down long enough to notice it. If you are having trouble seeing the magic in your life, maybe you could start by listening to the song I shared at the beginning of this blog post. Once it gets stuck in your head, and it will, and you find yourself thinking about magic, you’ll start to notice the magical world you live in!