Every life is enchanted…at least that’s how I see it. There are enchanted things about you and enchanted things you’ll do that no one else will ever do. If you don’t do these great things, then the world misses out. Nobody else can come along and be exactly the enchanted YOU that YOU are. Sometimes you can’t see this enchantment. But others can. I can see it, so I’m making it my duty in life to help you see just exactly how enchanted your life really is.
Start with this:
1. Live in the moment.
Be here NOW. Pay attention to whats going on around you. Ok…I’m a big one to talk here I know. I’m usually oblivious to what is going on around me and have never had an eye for detail. But I’m learning. And as I start to notice the small stuff…suddenly everything becomes brighter, bigger, almost magical. Well, not almost, it IS magical. Everything is a magical miracle, IF I open my eyes wide enough to see.
2. Slow down and laugh.
Sometimes me and Little Miss ASIJ talk and move in slow motion. Then laugh so hard that we can’t catch our breath. She always says “Let’s do it again!” And so we start all over. Sometimes she drawls her words out and talks so slow that I can’t understand what she is saying…and we laugh some more. We do this on purpose, but there are so many laughable moments that pass us by because we’re in too much of a hurry. Laugh. Just slow down and laugh!
3. Make up your mind to be happy.
Just say it. I am happy. You may have to say it more than once but keep on until you start feeling it. Then you’ll start BEING IT. But you have to keep at it. Don’t give up. Just decide to BE HAPPY. And decide to find enchantment everywhere by changing the way you look at things. Wayne Dyer says “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
4. Focus on what makes you happy.
Talk to your cat. Run with your dog. Play with a child – in the sand – on the beach – in a tent made by a sheet supported by two kitchen chairs with a flashlight making scary faces in the dark. Laugh…be happy…and you’ll soon begin to notice all the enchanting things around you. It’s a lot easier to grumble and complain but not nearly as much fun. There are SO many fun things to do. Start with just one fun thing, then two, then you just can’t stop. Fun is infectious, so people will soon be having fun all around you.
5. Fireflies…you must catch fireflies.
They will light up your life. Let them go in a little bit so they won’t be hurt. But for a moment in time – light up your life with fireflies. This is best done with a child because you as an adult have probably forgotten the miracle of fireflies and how to catch them correctly. Children just KNOW…so grab the nearest little person and commence to catching fireflies!
6. Sing and dance.
Something about singing and dancing evokes enchantment. Sing and dance whether you think you can or not. Because you can! Watch children. They sing and dance with wild abandonment and don’t care if you’re watching or not. They just do it. The air becomes charged with electric vibration. Fairies start fluttering their wings in rhythm to the music. And all of life becomes an enchanted forest just waiting for us to become lost in it.
7. Give it away.
Give enchantment away every chance you get. The more you give, the more comes rolling back all around you. Here are some suggestions on how to give enchantment away. Give enormous amounts of kisses, hugs, smiles, arm squeezes, snuggles and winks. Do these things with a friend or two or three: sprinkle fairy dust, blow bubbles, make dandelion rings, make wishes, make mud pies, make lemonade and cupcakes, walk arm in arm, watch clouds, roll in the grass, go barefoot, wear big hats, LAUGH, gargle…well ok, gargling may not appear to be enchanting, but it sure makes me laugh, which is a way to give away instant enchantment!
There’s so much more. If you’ll just use your imagination, there’s no telling how many ways you can come up with that prove to us how enchanting our lives are. All I have to do is watch Little Miss ASIJ for a while and I discover enchantment all around. And just as I’m convinced that every life is enchanted, I’m also convinced that we grow up and forget what enchantment looks like. But you, my friend, are SUPER enchanted. If you will only BELIEVE.