Last week my friend Michael and I went to Morton Arboretum in the Chicago suburbs to see their holiday light show called Illumination. It’s simply magical with thousands upon thousands of lights in the trees, sights and sounds that transform the woods. They even have trees to hug!! The weather was great, the company was fantastic and the Illumination was simply, well….magical. It got me thinking about the magic of lights.
I love holiday lights. I love going to the zoo lights, driving down Michigan Ave and see all the stores lit up, driving around neighborhoods and seeing lights and enjoying my own little pre-litbirch tree I have. The twinkle of the lights simply make me happier.
Then I thought about how much I love fireworks and seeing the dark sky light up in different colors of sparkles. Navy Pier has lots of firework opportunities during the summer months and if I’m available, I’m watching them. I had the pleasure this summer of seeing them from the lake on a sailing adventure with friends and of course they were magical.
The man-made lights of holiday lights and fireworks bring such happiness to my soul and yet it’s mother natures lights of lightening, the moon and stars that take my breath away. In November I found myself at night in the Grand Canyon and I have never experienced stars like that before, even night sailing. I was hooked. I’m the one who will head out of the city late at night if there is a possible meteor shower or northern lights showing (I haven’t gotten lucky…yet).
I finally realized after this recent holiday light trip, that although I love the sun and daylight, I find myself drawn to the darkness and I figured out why. As it’s in the dark that light can truly shine its brightest. There is a blank canvas of dark for the light to shine and brighten the path for those in need to see by.
I realized the magic isn’t in the lights (whether man-made or made by the Big U), the magic is in the fact that at all times light can be brought to darkness to show the beauty that is there.
So if you find yourself dealing with darkness in your own life whether the holidays are a hard time for you, you find yourself struggling with a job, a health issue, or a relationship problem, know that magic is there for you too. It may appear dark and bleak, but in an instant, you could see a sliver of light to lead you out of the situation or the entire night sky might light up in a miraculous moment for you.
Moving forward, I encourage you to see magic by:
Looking for it. Start your day off by saying you are excited to see what magic unfolds for you today and then let it show up in the smallest of ways and say thank you.
Being okay in the dark moments. You know when you are in a very dark room, if you give your eyes some time to adjust, you can start seeing things, even if they are just shadows? Know that to be true in your moments of darkness as they often seem very bleak at the beginning but once you adjust to it, you can move through it quicker.
Mostly my wish for you is to see life as magical, even the parts that aren’t as pleasant as its in our ability to move through them that allows even better to occur on the other side. As we begin the last weeks of 2015 I encourage you to give thanks to all the things you loved about the year and let go of what didn’t or no longer serves you and set your intentions for the most magical 2016 you could image – a year filled with twinkle lights, fireworks, northern lights, and all things good.
Until next time, go light up your own night sky.
I believe in magical moments creating miracles.
Words to Live By
“Imagination is the true magic carpet.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” ~ W.H. Murray
“Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.” ~ Wayne Dyer
Sounds of the Soul
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a group about the power of hugs. I’ve been doing free hugs for nearly 8 years and I’ve celebrated with people as well as saw them in sorrow. It’s powerful and I’d love for you to hear more story.