Have you ever experienced a moment when time stops? Those picture perfect moments that you want to capture forever are the magic moments that make life worth living. Cherished memories, of love, of passion and hope, of dreams come true and once in a lifetime experiences make up a lifetime of magic moments.
I am pleased to say there have been more and more of those in my life lately. They have been synchronous moments of divine ordination. There are moments that God seems to have planned into my day like little surprises to let me know heís thinking about me and has a plan for my life.
I suppose with it being Christmastime my mind was already on gifts, but I wasnít expecting so many spiritual, insightful, and divine gifts to appear in my life all at once. I have been given gifts of new friends, new experiences, renewed hope in the existence of chivalry.
Life is full of magic moments. Some of us have only a handful, while others have magic moments in abundance. Iíve been on vacation for the past week and it was just so relaxing. I felt blessed to just rest. No traveling, no big plans, no extravagant destination, just simple country luxuries. I played in the snow, hunted for a Christmas tree, decorated the tree, spent time with family and friends, and had good home cooking. It was a week filled with magic moments.
Itís when we take the time to be aware of the little things in our lives that we realize just how blessed we really are. Being that it is the end of the year itís the perfect time to take a good look back at the whole year and acknowledge all of those magic moments, whether plentiful or few.
For me those moments came in many shapes and forms and through many different people. I canít even count how many new people I met this past year. A few of those new meetings resulted in some new friendships, which I anticipate will be life-long.
I canít count how many meetings I attended this past year, some boring, some exhilarating. There is a thrill in going to a meeting and really accomplishing something, affecting change, and helping people. I am pleased to say this happened more often than not during this past year. For those of you who attend countless meetings, youíll understand how accomplishing something in a meeting can be a magic moment.
Seeing yourself through your daughterís eyes is a magic moment. Knowing that your daughter sees you not only as her mother, but as her hero, her mentor, and her role model is what every mother hopes for. When that moment comes you canít help but to cry and thank God you did your job as her mother well enough to receive that honor.
Opening a gift from someone who gives it with all their love is a wonderful moment, but when that gift truly expresses something about the giver or about you then it becomes a magic moment. Knowing that another person sees you as you truly are, deeply cares for you, genuinely understands you, and has taken the time out of their life to express their love in the form of a gift from their heart is a blessing. Christmas and my birthday this year were magic moments.
Often we forget the magic of giving, but it is those moments that are often the most fulfilling. Giving to a family, friends or a stranger with no thought of return is a gift in itself. Giving expands and multiplies your capacity for love.
So as you look back at the past year focus on all those simple magic moments that made your life worth living. For those who have lost a loved one, remember the magic moments you had with them. For those who have been down in the depths of despair and canít seem to find those magic moments let this be one of those moments for you Ė it is magic that you are reading this right now, magic that you are alive, magic that you are who you are because God makes no mistakes. To all my readers know that you are special, unique, and greatly loved, your entire life is magic in the making.
Tori Vigil is an author, inspirational speaker and reporter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.