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The Magic in that Moment

I was standing at the kitchen sink washing a pan when I thought I saw something sparkling just above my line of sight. Looking up and out the window, I noticed drops of water falling from the garage roof as the recent snowfall melted in the afternoon sun. Nothing special. Melting snow. As I looked down at the soapy pan in my hand, something told me to glance up again. The sun had just peaked out from the clouds and the dripping water actually sparkled as the drops reflected the bright sunlight. Not just one sparkle, or even ten, but dozens and dozens. I stared in surprise and sheer delight at the waterfall of brilliantly sparkling drops that fell for several minutes until the clouds again blocked out the sun. They were magical moments, and I was so grateful for whatever voice it was that told me to look up from my task and notice what was happening just outside the window.

Since that day, I pause more often when doing simple tasks, pause to look around and focus on the beautiful surprises that I would usually miss. At the train station, rather than focusing feverishly on the screen of my phone or tablet, I observe and appreciate a child talking to her stuffed animal, or a teenager dancing in place to music only he can hear, or a bird chirping on the stairway railing. And I love it all. I love my connection with all of life, and my connection with you.

Wishing you unexpected sparkles, smiles and songs in your heart!

p.s. I hope you will share some of your happy surprises with us in the comment section below. We can all use more reminders to smile.

Photo Credit: Dave Burwell Photography

10 Responses to The Magic in that Moment

  1. Claudia Schmidt March 7, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Lately there have been a lot of days when I have trouble focusing on those little moments, Sharon. Thanks for the reminder to look away from the screen and out into the world. Love and hugs, Claudia

    • sharon April 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

      Claudia, somehow your comment just arrived, though you sent in a month ago. Thank you so very much! Let’s remind each other often to notice those precious moments of beauty in our everyday lives.

      With love and a big hug,

      Sharon

  2. C March 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    As I am typing this, there are little birds “Frolicking” in my yard on this very cold and windy day. I stopped typing for a minute to watch them. I think your posting the other day about the sparkling, dancing water inspired me!

    • sharon March 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

      Thanks you very much for sharing this moment with us, C. I think I may go take a look outside right now.

      Here’s to noticing all the magic in our lives!

      With love and a big hug,

      Sharon

  3. RAMONA March 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    THANK YOU, SO MUCH.
    I WAS IN SAN DIEGO, LAST WEEK.
    A PIECE OF HEAVEN.
    WALKED TO BALBOA PARK.
    WALKED ALONG THE WATER FRONT.
    STOPPED OUTSIDE A STORE, TO LOOK FOR A HUMMINGBIRD, I SAW, IN MY PERIFERAL VISION.
    SAT IN A CAFE DRINKING THE BEST SMOOTHIE.
    I AM TRYING TO LEARN TO AUTOMATICALLY TELL
    FAST MOVING PEOPLE AROUND ME, TO STOP TRYING TO CONTROL ME
    AND LET ME LIVE AT MY PACE AND LET ME LIVE IN THE MOMENT AND NOT ON THEIR
    SCHEDULE AND ROUTE. THEY SEEM TO WANT TO PLAN THE NEXT 10 STEPS AND GET
    LOTS IN AND NOT ENJOY WHAT I WANT TO ABSORB.
    I NEED TO WALK MY PATH AND STAY IN MY LANE.
    I WANT TO SAY, ”STAY IN YOUR LANE AND LEAVE ME OR GO AROUND”
    ”I CAN NOT EXPERIENCE LIFE ON YOUR PACE”
    ”WE CAN NOT DO THIS. OUR PATHS CAN CROSS, BUT, WE CAN NOT MOVE TOGETHER”
    ”YOU EXHAUST ME, I STAY FRUSTRATED AND ANXIOUS”
    ”I DO NOT NEED ANYONE TO TAKE CARE OF ME OR LEAD ME AROUND AND THINK FOR ME”

    • sharon March 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

      Thank you so very, very much for sharing your magical experiences with us, and your commitment to living life at your own pace. I admire you for this – you inspire us all.

      I am so happy that you savored so much of your trip to San Diego. It sounds wonderful.

      Here’s to noticing all the magic in our lives, and to living life at our own pace!

      With love and a big hug,

      Sharon

  4. Wanda Webster Stansbury March 3, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Sharon, thank you for reminding us that life is full of ” magical moments”, to take time to fully engage in these moments ! Looking out the window seeing , the gift of sight to see is a gift from Almighty God , knowing that the person , power , Creator of All is with me . That the clouds in the sky have a silver lining, seeing clouds move in my life is indeed ” magical moments ” ! While , writing this response, I see the beauty of clouds as they move!!

    • sharon March 3, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      Wanda, thanks so very much for sharing your magical moment with us. Your comment prompted me to look out the window and up at the clouds and, yes, they are so beautiful!

      Here’s to noticing all the magic in our lives!

      With love and a big hug,

      Sharon

  5. Teena March 3, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    I have to show you this photo we captured of Judah the other day. He was sitting on one of the chairs in the living room chatting away and we noticed the way the sun was coming through the window at that moment both his ears were bright red!! We were so happy we got that on film!! xoxo

    • sharon March 3, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you so much, Teena, for sharing that moment with us! Your description made me smile, even without seeing the photograph.

      Here’s to noticing all the magic in our lives!

      With love and a big hug,

      Sharon

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