Scrolling through Instagram, I saw a quote posted by @thoughtspark that made me nod my head, raise my hands, and say, “Yeees!!!” Aloud and alone. ;)
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
I’m not sure how I became that person who’s always believed in the notion that anything is possible, but it could have something to do with the repetitive viewing of Haley Mills’ movies like The Parent Trap, Pollyanna, and Summer Magic.
My poor, older brother would come home from school, see me dominating the TV/VCR, and just trudge down the hall to his room. I had to tell him that I wasn’t actually scheming to get our parents back together. After all, we weren’t twins... Duh!
I watched those movies so many times that I could recite them word for word and yet I still hung on every scene, feeling the “magic” each time.
We’ve talked before about the power of repetition when it comes to retraining our brain and this is another example of conditioning. The thoughts you think, the feelings you feel - and the movies you watch repeatedly - affect you.
Thankfully I haven’t experienced major tragedy in my life - unless you consider not getting picked to be a safety in 5th grade tragic. (I wanted to wear that fluorescent orange sash across my chest more than anything. Anything! Let it go, Amy. Let it go.)
But seriously, through the ups and downs of life - jobs, family, money, health, relationships, etc. - I never stopped believing for the best. Sure, I had moments of doubt (sometimes very long moments), but I never gave up hope and I want to make sure you don’t either.
Go back to being a kid. Remember when you actually believed that the Mickey Mouse at Disneyworld was the one from TV and not some underpaid teenager sweltering in a costume?
Your parents knew the truth and yet they played along, telling you to go say hi and take a picture with him. They didn’t stand around laughing like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, thinking, “The fool! If she only knew! Muah-haha haha…”
No! If their heart wasn’t made out of stone, they were probably grinning like an idiot, full of warm fuzzies, watching you light up at meeting Mickey.
Why didn’t they tell you the truth? Because they knew it wouldn’t do anything but make you feel bad. And what was the harm anyway? (See how nice your parents were?!)
Maybe that’s not the best example, but it’s what popped into my mind so I went with it.
The point I want to get across is that when you believe in something, you feel good. When you don’t, you feel bad. It’s pretty simple.
Ever notice that person who’s constantly dragging you down with their negativity? They expect the worst and always seem to get it, right?
Well, when you expect the best, you may not get it in your own time, but at least you don’t feel like crap while you wait. You've got nothing to lose but feeling badly.
There’s no negative effect when you believe in magic – only if you don’t.
And when you're open to magic, it occurs. It actually did while I was recording the podcast so tune in to find out what happened and hear a more in depth discussion about the importance of shielding ourselves from negativity and dwelling in positivity.
Until next time...
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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