I am fortunate to live close to a nature reserve. Sometimes I go running there, but most days I just walk. Other than home, it’s my favorite place to be. It’s where I go to relax, to think about stories, and to work out problems and get new ideas.
These things don’t always happen during my wanderings, of course. Along with my feet, my mind has a tendency to meander, and it doesn’t always go where I want. And that’s OK. Out in the woods, there is no judgment, no requirements for me to do or think about anything in particular.
But sometimes, my mind can get carried away. My thoughts can be noisy–jarring and out of place in such quiet, calm surroundings. Whenever I feel like my busy thoughts are trying to take over, I’ll often just stop and look around. I’ll listen to the wind in the trees, and smell the scent of earth and pine that hangs in the air. I’d probably stay like that for quite a while, but the trail I walk on is popular, and there’s often a runner passing by or someone walking their dog. I always feel a little bit foolish being caught standing alone with a smile on my face as I stare out into the woods. And so I walk on.
This time of year, those stop-and-stare-at-the-trees moments are much more frequent. Now I stop not only to calm my mind, but also to just admire the beauty. I love autumn. It’s a magical time of year for me. That magic is enhanced, I think, by the fleetingness of the season. The best moments of it, which are happening right now, last only a few weeks. After that, the leaves will have fallen, the world will become barren and drab, and I will wait for the snow to come and brighten it up again.
I’ve noticed that when I take these moments to stop and look around, a lot of the time I’ve stopped at a bend in the road. Some of my favorite spots while out walking are where the path curves before disappearing into the trees beyond.
That got me thinking as to why that might be. It could be that it’s just a picturesque sight, and that’s probably true. But I think there’s more to it than that. I think that, like autumn, there is magic where the road turns.
Beyond the bend lies possibility, and possibility is where magic resides. It is a world where reality has yet to take shape, and so we are left to imagine what might be. It is a path of beginnings rather than endings, of questions rather than answers. It is Bilbo leaving his Hobbit hole; it is Lucy stepping through the wardrobe.
It is a moment of held breath, waiting to wish on a star or blow out a candle, all the while wondering, “What if…?”
Have you seen any magical moments in everyday life?
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Halloween Blog Hop
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