Adam and I were recently having a Coincidence-versus-Magic debate. My science-based husband was clearly on the coincidence side. Me, I believe in magic (grace, spirit, or whatever word means that the events of this world are not random). Although sometimes, doubt creeps in.
This week, as if sensing that I my inner-doubter was being lured by the coincidence argument, magic whispered in my ear.
Here's the story.
I was listening to a book of Isabella's through audible (she wasn't interested and I am...especially now...riveted).
About three or four hours into the narration, I spontaneously decide to look at the information page in my audible app.
It's the publisher's synopsis. I don't read them as a rule. Don't like spoilers. For some reason, with the narrator narrating away, I felt compelled to break that rule.
I look. And start to read. And as I read, I realize that I am reading the exact words that I am hearing. Logical brain goes into action and I think, "Oh, maybe the audible app knows exactly where you are in the book so that you can read along." (Would be a cool feature, wouldn't it!!)
Then, my heart leaps. No, it is not a cool feature of the app. It is a moment of pure and beautiful magic. I was reading the actual publisher's summary. The publisher chose to start the summary with a quote from the book; I "happened" to read that quote at the very moment that the same words were being read to me.
Let me repeat this for full O-M-G effect. I "randomly" open the publishers' notes (which is something I am usually adamantly unwilling to do) and the exact words that I am hearing are the exact words I am seeing on my cellphone screen.
The exact words.
And they were not random words. They were these words...
"I had big thoughts to match the wind. I wondered if we find the people that we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt that I was turning a corner and that change was afoot."
-Sharon Creech, The Great Unexpected
Those were the words. I'm wondering about coincidence and magic and the Universe shouts in my ear...those words. Magic words.
But I now know. There is magic. I am turning a corner. There is change afoot!!
I've been away for a while. That pattering rain was a one-day-wonder, followed by months of sunshine that had us out, out, out. Exploring, playing, lots of doing and not much blogging.
It was fun; it was busy; and I often felt as if the momentum of activity had the treadmill going a little faster than I wanted to run.
I've been watching the calendar as commitment after commitment falls away, ready to take the opportunity to slow it all down. Baseball games, nature group, piano lessons and our weekly homeschool classes have ended; time to get in touch with our natural family rhythm!
Today, our first schedule-free day of summer, the fog rolled in. We nestled, snuggled and then the muse hit us all. Collages (Isabella), game creation (Andre) and meditative drawing (me) were the order of the morning.
And now, our bodies want to move. Kids are outside on rollerblades waiting for me to finish this up so that we can hop on our bikes for the afternoon (pretty sure they will take off the rollerblades first).
I hope to be back here with regularity this summer to share some of our life with you...and some of the practices that increase the joy we feel.
Right now, my practice includes a helmet and a two-wheeled contraption that I plan to pedal all afternoon, whooping it up with two of my favorite joy-filled people.