How do I want to feel when I’m doing my work, when I’m at my desk, when I’m in my life everyday? Magic. I want there to be magic.
When I was a kid I loved the book The Secret Garden. I really loved the beginning of the book, when Mary finds that secret door covered by ivy (I just reread that chapter and it gave me a chill down my spine). The magic of finding a hidden door. A door to a forgotten place where no one had been in ten years.
I seek out magic. I create it in my life. Sometimes in little ways, like rearranging my furniture so that everything looks different, but it’s the same. Sometimes in big ways, like when I visited The Lightning Field. Magic for me is about curiosity and exploration and discovery.
I turn things upside down so I can see them fresh. I ask stupid questions that I already know the answer to so I can get a new answer.
Magic erases my expectations, biases, assumptions and “shoulds.” It evokes beginner’s mind. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” (Shunryu Suzuki).
Where can you get magic today?