World Full of Magic

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. William Butler Yeats

The other morning my neighbor woke me up at 4:00 A.M. I was unable to go back to sleep. Before dawn I grumbled to myself through my morning coffee and breakfast. Setting out, I did not want my neighbor’s inconsiderate behavior to follow me throughout the day, so I focused on my breathing as I walked. It seems I heard a whisper to turn my head. I was awestruck by a miraculous image blazing across the sky. Mt. Rainier (14,400 feet/4390 meters) is nearly 150 miles (240 kilometers) due east of where I live. Illuminated by the first glorious rays of morning sun was the shadow of the mighty mountain. I thanked the divine universe for this wonderful vision.

As my senses grow more attuned to the real world all around me, mysteries settle and my senses open up to a wider magnificence. At times it is difficult to set aside dark moods and anxiety, but worry and uneasiness constrict existence. For years my senses were clouded by ambiguity. I existed but did not truly live. All too often, it seemed my efforts were no more successful than digging a hole in the sand. Everything changed when I dropped my mental shovel, and stopped digging.

Irrelevant goals set for me by others lost their appeal. I accepted who I was, who my children were, and affirmed the graciousness of my efforts as a father and as a man. I had been a terrific fighter when I was a boy. My father told me to never start a fight, but always finish one once you were in it. It took years to learn to fight without fighting and gain more by disengaging from the aggravation. After that my senses expanded. A sort of intuitive divination attended to my meandering manner. Life’s inherent magic was revealed more and more.

Do not always follow the dictates of others, if they do not have your best interest at heart. There are multiple paths ahead of you – Every Day. Trust in yourself and believe in the song you hear in your heart. Hone your sense of eternal fascination with life as it is. Look for the miraculous around you. Peace

Published by everythingisbeachy

Read my books at: amazon.com/author/wheelerce Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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