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Advent Calendar 22 – The magic of the ordinary

Advent Calendar 22 – The magic of the ordinary

December 22, 2018
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We talked about magic in my podclub. Magic, we concluded, meaning a transformation of sorts, a shift in energy, like an excited-state atom. How (especially young) children are much closer to the magic of the ordinary, able to find awe in most anything. How the beauty surrounding us is available if we are open to it.

At a restaurant eating dinner with my eldest, all of a sudden I started to dance, sitting at the table. In the speakers, I’ve got your Christmas right here by Aloe Blacc started playing, and that’s a song I love. So I started to dance. With my eldest cringing, telling me people might see me, I told her This is something to film and share with the world so I handed her the phone and danced my heart out. Uploaded the clip to Instagram and Facebook, and only made the connection to the magic of the ordinary now. How me hearing this song did but me in an “excited state”, transforming my energy, making me want to dance. So I did. I let magic run its course.

The magic of the ordinary, the awe of life and beauty. Do you let yourself experience the magic of the ordinary? In the beauty of the flower of the orchid? How cute the cat is sleeping on my bed? How the rays of the sun shines through the window of the kitchen? The beauty that is always and already there, to be experienced with awe and wonderment, if only we let it?


Advent Calendar 2018 – number 22 of 24 – on the theme of being gentle.

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Sources of joy

May 16, 2018
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Sources of joyThe GIFTED book club.
Choir practice.
An evening of playing cards with my eldest.
Deeply immersed in a book that is riveting in one way or another.
Knitting!
Recording my upcoming podcast.
Receiving feedback from a participant in the pre-school-staff programme me and Pernilla have been running for a year, bringing tears to my eyes as I read about life-changing experiences.
Laughing with a friend.
Feeling the strength of my body as it takes me back and forth across town on my bike.
Slowly tilting my face up towards the sun, feeling the warmth of it, after months of cold weather.
The butterfly flitting around in my flowering garden.

You know what?
I could write and write and write here, boring you all to bits, because there’s so much joy to be found. Everywhere! I mean – truly!

God.
I’ve gone all Pollyanna here, haven’t I?

I mean… who would have thought I’d ever be able to state, emphatically, that I find sources of joy in things such as folding dry laundry, boiling some water and pouring it in a cup with a few leaves from the garden (walnut, back currant, raspberry and a moroccan mint-leaf), pouring a large glass of green smoothie and plonking myself down with it on the stairs to the garden to drink it while reading the morning paper, receiving a surprise postcard from a friend and colleague from a spur-of-the-moment visit to New York and any number of small and seemingly insignificant events, activities and interactions.

Well. This is the way it is. Most of the time. Not always, of course not always, but surprisingly often, I don’t see ”drab everyday life”. I see sparkles and magic, experience gratefulness and joy; so if you want to, feel free to call me Pollyanna.

Do you have any sources of joy that are a surprise to you, as you start to reflect upon the concept?

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