Reawaken Your Magic Vision
When travelling as a child, I used to stare out the car window, across the fields and woods, and imagine a magical world awaited, just out of sight, beyond the hills. Somewhere in one of those valleys lived a happy society, where rainbows shone and sunlight sparkled, and people never stopped smiling.
As my husband and I were heading home from a recent trip to Munich, we were lucky enough to be travelling on the beautiful country lanes in England right at sunset. The sky glowed pink, and fluffy clouds loitered about waiting for imaginative minds to mold them into familiar shapes. I looked at the trees forming asymmetric tunnels through which our car passed; it was all so perfectly beautiful, and I thought, if this were a movie, we would be entering a magical world right now. Everything would be sparkling and the colors would be impossibly bright.
Then I thought, ‘Why am I making less of this beauty just because I am seeing with my own eyes, and not as delivered to me by Hollywood?’ I realized that the moment, and the place, were magic minus Hollywood lighting, and suddenly the world became even more incredible.
We take real moments that can move us so much in a movie – like a bird flying high over a plain – and virtually ignore it in our daily lives. Take moments like that, and turn them into magic. Read something special into them. Pretend that they are your own movie, and let yourself be enchanted.
And here is a fun travelling game to keep kids (or kids-at-heart) entertained on journeys:
As you travel, imagine what mythical or fairy tale creatures might live in the various locations. Does the cluster of trees ahead look like a scene out of Hansel and Gretel, or could you imagine fairies playing amidst the branches? Could there be a unicorn hiding behind those bushes? Is the plain out your window more suited to a Pegasus or a dragon? Try out different creatures, and enjoy the enchanting world in which we live.