What is magic? Is it something a performer does in a show? Is it something mysterious, that you need secret knowledge to do? Maybe. I’d like to tell you what I think magic is. Webster defines magic as—
1) Mysterious tricks, such as making things disappear and appear again, performed as entertainment.
2) Something that has a delightfully unusual quality.
3)A quality that makes something seem removed from everyday life, especially in a way that gives delight.
4)When something good happens with no explanation of how or why.
These definitions are all well and good, but if I were to pick one of these, I would pick the third. Especially if you’re thinking of magic from a child’s point of view.
Children have a natural affinity and acceptance of magic. They believe the entire world is magical, and it is, if you’ll just follow my thinking as I explain.
When a baby opens its eyes and looks at its mother and smiles—that’s magic.
When you walk into a coffee shop and see another patron and instantly feel like you know this person, even though you’ve never met—that’s magic.
When you take a very small seed, put it in the ground, water it, give it sun and it grows into a tomato or a pretty flower—that’s magic.
You see where I’m going with this.
This in my experience is how children see the world. So, I encourage you, next time you go out into your garden or the to the store or just look at your child or grandchild, try to see the world through a child’s eyes.