Monday, January 9, 2012

The Magic in Moments

 “Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present.”
~Storm Jackson

At this time of year, we spend a lot of time thinking about resolutions, goals, dreams, and the future.  Planning is an important part of living, but how often do we let the magical moments that exist in the ‘now’ pass us by in favor of our plans?  Sometimes it’s just so liberating to throw the ‘plan’ out the window and go with the flow…don’t you think?

When I talk about plans, I’m not talking about dreams.  To me they are different, very different.  Dreaming is about where or what you want to be, plans are about getting there. Either way, when we are blinded by our plans, or dreams for that matter, we sometimes have our eyes closed to the unexpected magic in every moment.  That magic can hold great promise or opportunity, and it’s that magic that helps sustain us through the tough days.

One thing I’ve learnt over these past few years is to be careful what you wish for, because life, regardless of our well-laid plans, always gives us what we want, but NEVER what we expect.  Mark van Doren believed that those who have the least regrets are those who take each moment as it comes, for all that it is worth. It will never come again, for worse or better. It is ours alone, we can make it what we will!

So, last night, as I plugged along with my class preparation, swimming in circles of Twinks and watercolor pencils, I found myself unexpectedly breaking from my plan.  My 2yo, who has given me so many adventures in his very short life, broke all the rules of his micro-prematurity and ‘out-of-the-blue’ started reading letters. “A”, “B”, “K”, a hybrid form of “W”, and numerous others were pouring from his little mouth as he flipped the pages of books.

I immediately stopped what I was doing, got down on the floor with him, and spent over an hour going through books while he exhaustively and creatively enunciated every uppercase letter he could see. There was laughter, clapping, and a very self-satisfied little guy, and before long my husband and our 6yo daughter were down on the floor with us.  Alphabet puzzles, magazines, and magnetic letters were everywhere, and before we knew it, we were late for a dinner date with neighbors.

Don’t worry, I called them and explained what had happened. They totally understood.  It was hilarious, exciting, and magical, and instead of it just being moment in brief passing, it is now a treasured memory of wonder, fun, and hope.

Over the years, I’ve had so many amazing (and not so amazing) experiences like this.  But thanks to periods of throwing my plans out the window, one thing is for absolute certain…I have very few, if any, regrets. My dreams are still very much alive, and as I learn to be more responsive to the world around me, I find myself living my dreams.  Who would have thought? So in response to this moment, and despite my many commitments and deadlines, I opened my journal and created this page. I sat at my desk until the wee small hours, and now I have an extraordinary and endearing memory.

It was done using Twinkling H2O's, with fine liner for definition and a flourish of white gel pen for highlight.  I invite you, if you are so inclined, to create a journal page based on one of your own magic moments.  Feel free to share a comment with a link back to your own blog or pic for others to see.  You could even do it as part of your other art journaling programs, it may just remind us all to "live in the moment".

Thanks for checking in. xx