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Find the Magic In Our Lives Through Simple Living

Updated on December 10, 2014
The magic and wonder of nature
The magic and wonder of nature
The magic of life
The magic of life
The magic in far horizons
The magic in far horizons

I remember as a young child going to church with my parents. The first time I vividly remember I must have been five or six years old and we went to Sunday Mass at St. Patrick Church. We always went to 6:30 a.m. Mass because, as I recall, it was the quickest Mass and my dad liked it because he could get an early start on chores afterwards. Not a real ringing endorsement by any means but it clearly defines my dad’s viewpoints on church-going.

St. Patrick Church was/is located in Tacoma, Washington, and it is a large, stone, gothic building with a towering steeple and inside everywhere you look there is stained glass, candles and marble. As I walked down the aisle that first time I could clearly hear my footsteps echoing and I was struck with awe at just how beautiful it was; I also remember thinking that it was magical, that something very important lived there, that I should be quiet and respectful.

As I got older and moved away those feelings of hushed reverence came to me again, this time when I began hiking the Cascade Mountains and in particular Mount Rainier. There was magic in the woods and on the trails and I took every opportunity to hike those trails and climb the mountain and breathe in the magic that they afforded me.

CAN YOU FEEL THE MAGIC?

Older still and my hikes in the mountains are fewer, and of course my hiking was curtailed by my drinking, but eventually the fog lifted, I found sobriety and with that discovery came a new realization of the magic that is all about us every day of our lives. Do you see it? Are you aware of it? It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily rituals of living. We get up, we eat, we go to work, we come home, relax and go to bed. Each day the same, the ritual rarely changes, while all about us there is magic and mystery waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

WHERE THE MAGIC IS

I like to go to the park. I like to pull out a blanket and lay on the grass and watch….just watch. Mothers are there playing with their children. Dogs are there chasing butterflies. Lovers are there walking hand-in-hand in a ritual as old as mankind. It is all there but do we really notice?

As a child I would lay down underneath a big willow tree that was in our yard. I would watch the wind blow the branches back and forth and I would feel that same wind blow through my hair, a warm, gentle caress from Mother Nature. I would shift my gaze and watch the clouds drift by and try to discern pictures from the shapes of the clouds.

I would turn over and watch the ants crawling with purpose through the blades and wonder at their dogged determination, and I would pick one up and put my face as close to it as possible and study its features. I never got bored as a child; there was always something to explore, some new mystery to unravel, new horizons to seek out and discover.

A MAGICAL DECISION WAS MADE

I realized a few years back that I didn’t like the lifestyle I had adopted. I was spending way too much time working and trying to make more money so that I could spend more and owe more and…and…and…when would it end? I had worked over forty-five years and for what? Was I a better person because I had worked so long? Was there some award that I would be receiving for allowing my life to pass by unnoticed? What did I have to look forward to if that was all there was to life?

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Saying-Goodbye-To-A-Life-That-Wasnt-Working

It was time for a change and all that was stopping me was my unwillingness to let go of a silly lifestyle that was not affording me happiness.

I quit my job, went on semi-retirement and began my writing career, and now here I am, once again able to enjoy the magic that is around me.

THE MAGIC NEVER LEFT

It was always here but I had become so busy that I had forgotten how to notice it.

Back to the park I went and began to once again see all that was around me. I went to the river and put my feet in the water and felt the force of nature pushing against me. I noticed that if I push my foot against the flow it is difficult to move my foot, but if I relaxed my muscles the flow took my foot effortlessly. Is there a lesson in that? I think so!

Have you ever looked at a leaf of grass with a dew drop on it, when the light hits it just perfectly and colors are shimmering in that drop? Have you ever watched a spider spin its web, the incredibly meticulous attention to detail that goes into that construction?

Have you watched a mother deer and its babies, how they communicate with each other through a language we will never understand? Have you watched a dog watch you, the perfect example of loyalty, always following your every move, hoping for praise and always willing to please?

THE MAGIC OF ANTICIPATION

Have you ever waited for that first sprout to rise from the ground in the springtime? That first tulip or daffodil, the anticipation of seeing the first burst of color after a long winter? Have you ever watched as a storm approaches, the change in the atmosphere, the darkening of the sky, and been both exhilarated and frightened at the same time? Have you ever held your breath as your child prepares to take that first step or attempts to ride a bike the first time? Have you again held your breath as you rush through the airport to see your lover after she/he has been away for weeks, your heart hammering and your eyes suddenly misty as love once again reminds you that you are not in charge of your emotions?

LIFE IS MAGIC!

As I write this I look out the window of my studio and welcome the interruption because what is happening before me is magic. Kids are coming home from school to the welcoming love of their parents. Nature is doing its thing as it always has, a spectacular display for my senses to accept if I am willing. I can hear a hawk in the distance and dogs barking and the wind is flowing through the evergreens and I am once again in St. Patrick Church, that little kid filled with awe, hoping to see or hear or feel the mysteries that await my discovery.

THE MAGIC OF OUR SENSES

We have been given five senses with which to experience life. Do we use them or are we aware of them? I met the most wonderful woman four years ago and she taught me a new appreciation for my senses. Now when I see a flower I not only see the vibrant colors but I stop to touch it, feel its texture and appreciate its gentle nuances. I bend over to smell it, lost in the wonderful fragrance that is unique to it alone. I may even pick it and taste it (if nobody is watching) and my only regret is that I have yet to learn how to listen to that flower for I know it must be speaking to me in a language I do not understand.

The magic of life is waiting for us; it has always been there for us to appreciate. Allow the child in you to escape for just a moment this evening and embrace all that is life. You might just get hooked!

“All aboard the Magical Mystery Tour; step right this way!”

P.S….this is day 22 of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge for me. There have been days when I felt I was just rambling on without an intelligent thread in the whole hub. There have been other days when the words flowed like that river mentioned in this hub. I look forward to finishing the Challenge so I can give each hub the measure of concentration and effort that I feel it deserves. I thank you all for following along and I hope I haven’t bored you too much.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Asma Khalid 5 years ago

      Ok Thanks a lot mr. buc

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      asmakhalid, I will take a look and email you a response. Thank you for reading my hub and commenting.

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      asmakhalid 5 years ago

      Can you please give me tips to improve hub and also how you get payment of your articles from this site?? Please i really want to get involved.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just sent you an email...hope you get it.

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      neeta chauhan 5 years ago from Pakistan

      Billy, thanks a lot for stopping by at my profile.

      It means a lot to me although i should not give you such an open invitation to read my silly stuff because you are a teacher and boy, oh boy ! what faults you will find in there is giving me cold sweats even thinking about it....

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Neeta, that was so nice; thank you! No, I have never tried poetry; I don't seem to be wired for that type of expression. I will take a look at your writings in the next hour or so and leave you a message about them.

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      neeta chauhan 5 years ago from Pakistan

      Hi Billy,

      to tell you the truth there are very few writers who can move a reader by their way of expression and i am glad that i have met you. Please if its not too much to ask for can you give me your opinion on my writings if not ?

      then its alright no heart feelings i want to know where i stand in my expressions and no one can be better then a writer who can tell me where do i stand?

      Have you ever tried your hands on some poetry?

      You are more then welcome dear friend...

      take care ,

      Neeta

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I get so wrapped up in writing that I forget to do exactly that, schoolgirl..thank you for dropping by and I hope you have a great walk.

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      schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

      Good reminder of stopping to smell the beauty of nature, now I have to get away from this computer and take a walk ;) lol

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Born2care, your kindness is greatly appreciated. I just write from the heart and let the words take care of themselves....as you do I might add. Maybe that's why we enjoy each other so much...mirror images perhaps? Thank you as always for faithfully following along.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      You're killing me Billybuc! Another great hub! I felt the image of looking out of your studio to see children running into the arms of loving parents! OMG! I would've given my eye teeth to feel that as a child. Helping people experience those moments whether we've experienced it before or for the first time is, in my mind, the mark of an excellent writer!

      Congrats my friend on your 30/30 progress and your inspiring message of living!

      Up across the board!

      Bruce

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Neeta, what a lovely thing to say. I am so happy that you are following me and if my writing does that for you or anyone else then I am happy and satisfied. Thank you so much!

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      neeta chauhan 5 years ago from Pakistan

      Hi Billy,

      let me tell you that you are a great writer because if you can portray things to your readers the same way as you perceive it yourself then be proud of the fact you have hit the bulls eye each topic of yours is told with such smoothness as if you are a story teller and we are your listeners and such good messages are told and shared with a reader that you want the hub to keep going on never to end at all.

      I am glad to having met you and knowing your ideas about what life is all about?

      thanks for inspiring me.....

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      raciniwa, I am so happy that you enjoyed my hub. Inspiration? That makes me happy and I hope to always inspire someone. Experiences are worthless unless there are some lessons to be learned in them. Thank you for following along.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Love the message of your hub...an inspiring one Billy...may you continue to inspire us...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And you are very kind Deborah; the 30/30 is proving to be a larger challenge than I once thought it would be. Any lover of The Beatles is a friend of mine. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love the video Magical mystery tour. the Beatles are great..and your hub is great. You are doing a great job on the 30/30..Voted way up

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      annart, we can "blame" the Jesuits for my writing style I think. They hammered it into our young, impressionable minds that writing should come full circle as you put it. The voice is just something that evolved over the years. I thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to read my ramblings.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      As if we could possibly be bored when reading your hubs! I like the way your writing comes full circle; the sign of a good structured writer. Then you add your own individual style and it makes it unique of course. Best of luck with the 30 challenge! Bet they're all great. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      August fpherj48?? I'd better say congratulations now in case you quit following me by then. And you only added that last part about the fishing to make me green with envy, so THANKS A LOT! If you tell me that you flyfish we just might be friends for life!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I totally lose all sense of reality when in the presence of a newborn...I can stare, hold, rock, sing to, hug, kiss,for hours and the SMELL of a newborn is like nothing else in the Universe...they smell of purity and innocence and everything natural & love....Gosh. they make me sigh out loud. I have one on lay-away..for delivery in Aug.!!!

      I not only have the famous Big Sister Creek running along my property (best fishing in WNY....FACT) I own down the bank and partially into the creek itself. I am also backed by a huge wooded area. It's nice.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      fpherj48, isn't a newborn just the most fascinating creature on earth? I could watch one all day long...and did...when my 27 yr old was a wee one. You have a creek along your property? Jealousy just reared its ugly head! Thank you for, well, everything!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      So you're into the 30/30 challenge? Best of luck. So far, it doesn't look like you need it. Your hubs are truly awesome.

      This one took me into the woods behind my home, where I walk alone, explore and inhale deeply, just to clear the webs from my weary self, at times. It also guided me down to the flowing creek that runs along my property, where the fishermen wave, and Mr. Turtle pops his head up to see who's disrupting his nap.

      The most wonderful place your hub took me was into the colorful nursery, music box playing softly and mobile turning ever-so-slowly. And there in a frilly pink basket, I stare at the most exquisite, tiny, priceless life ever. She takes my breath away.......as your story just did.

      Thank you billy... wonderful....simply wonderful