Do you believe in magic?
I believe in magic, but I don’t know that my definition matches everyone else’s.
This is what I’ve come to believe that magic is: Get really, truly clear about what you want.
Not sorta want; not oughta want….but WANT! DESIRE! with every molecule of your body.
This kind of want: Hell YES I WANT THAT!
In the beginning of 2007 I participated in the Philadelphia Buyer’s Market of Craft. My first time – and I was so psyched! If you read this blog, you know that the beginning of 2007 was not a good time for selling crafts – or at least I told myself that the lack of buyers foretold the coming recession. And I believed in that recession. And pouted over it and did nothing for the rest of 2007 because my story said there was no reason to do anything: we were in a recession. No money for art.
Later I heard myself retelling that story to a gathering of entrepreneurs and even as I was telling the story I really heard myself repeating something I had said over and over again. And I thought: trapped and tangled in a story! Me – who did my Master’s work on story in the mid 1990s; who reads everything she can get her hands on to understand the stories we tell as individuals, families, communities, nations, as a world. There I was – trapped in a story that had never and still wasn’t working for me.
Well, we humans do that, don’t we? We like our nice comfortable stories because we don’t have to do anything if we write a script for ourselves that says we can’t, why bother, out of our hands.
I forgave myself for this, and immediately changed the story to: recession or no, people need beautiful things and engaging relationships to help them remember who they are. My art does that. My workshops do that. My coaching does that.
I acknowledged that I am being selfish when I don’t take responsibility for my purpose in this life: serving others by creating that one very special piece of art which will help them create their own sacred space, and by creating a space for women to discover and follow their own authentic purpose.
Of course, “suddenly” magic is happening in my life. And of course it isn’t “suddenly” at all. It’s the culmination of daily decisions and baby steps and stumbles and getting up and every morning and every day and every evening saying to myself: THIS (mentoring women, facilitating workshops and making art) is what I want. No: “Well, I can always get a real job.” backup. This is it. This is my real job. And it is.I could go on, but what I want you to get here is that you can do whatever you want: it’s just one Hell YES! away:
- Hell YES! I want that!
- Hell YES! I will take my first step – no matter how small (or how large – even scarey!) – towards that! And then another and then another.
- Hell YES! I will get up when I fall!
- Hell YES! I am the most important part of my business and I will invest in myself!
- Hell YES! I will go forward, even imperfectly, because action creates its own energy and its own return of serendipity.
- Hell YES! I will step into my power, take responsibility for my decisions about my life’s purpose!
- Hell YES! I will believe in the magic of ME!
- Hell YES! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC! HELL YES!!
So, do you believe in magic?
Wylde Women’s Wisdom: We are creatures of the stars, created from the birth of galaxies, created from the cooling of this planet, created from dust and gas, created from the elements, created from time and space, created from silence. Gunilla Norris