The Magic In You

expressions-self-love-yourself-relationship“We don’t see things as they are we see them as we are.”

-Anais Nin

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

-Marcel Proust

When my kids were in elementary school parents and their children were invited to hear a motivational speaker whose name I have long forgotten.  This wise man said something very profound.  He said that we should always remember these words: “If it is to be, it is up to me!”

Through the years, that one sentence has come to my mind time and time again. Of course, I have often rallied against it, hoping someone else would do it for me . . . that this book or this class or this guru would teach me how to live successfully in the world . . . that I could sit back and things would just come my way.

My most important learning in this lifetime is that I have inside of me everything I need to make my life work. I had it all the time.  I just never knew it.

My friend just got back from a week in the Bahamas. She was telling me how the weather was unseasonably cool. She said that in the past she would have allowed the bad weather to ruin her week.  Older and wiser now, she painted me a picture of how she was able to make it a wonderful week in spite of the weather.  She put her whole self into enjoying the people, the food, the majesty of the wind, the beauty of the sky and the water. She described how a group of them took their umbrellas and made a shield against the wind as they sang and danced and ate. It was, she reported, one of her more memorable vacations.  I smiled to myself as I pictured them creating memories in the wind.

It was if my friend took out a magic wand that she never knew she owned.  She took it out and said “Abracadabra!” I am going to change my thoughts and attitude and allow myself to totally enjoy and appreciate what I have in front of me.”

I thought about this story all day as I contemplated my own life. If I forget that I have a magic wand, I am like a boat that is tossed and turned by every wind.

When I open to the truth that I can create magic, my mantra becomes, “Look out world, here I come!” I focus on the gifts I give to the world. I choose positive thoughts and become a finder of joy.

I find that when I open myself to enjoying life fully, the red carpet is rolled out for me. Synchronicities appear!  Chance meetings and wonderful opportunities present themselves as if by magic. People are more loving, kind, approachable.

Magic is everywhere, my friends. Magic is what make houses into homes, carrots into carrot soufflés, eggs into omelets, crisis into opportunities, meals into banquets, words into poetry, acquaintances into friends, snow days into memories,  teachers into mentors, work into joy and passion and ordinary moments into miracles.

I wish you joy and magic as you walk through life.

Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist with a practice in Southfield. She combines traditional and alternative therapies to help you to live with more peace, joy and freedom.  Her belief in the healing power of love and forgiveness guides her work. She can be reached at or

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