Our world has gotten smaller. We hear this all the time. This isn't really news, I feel like I have kicked that damn horse again. But it's true. We live in a world now where anything and everything you want to know is little more than a few keystrokes away. To make matters worse, the monsters we face everyday are more real than anything our ancestors could have ever dreamt. We have become so mired in reality that we have forgotten that the magic can still exist.
In my past I was so beaten up cooking that I reached the level of jaded. It happens to cooks all the time. Mind you I still love cooking and love well thought out meals and foods made with love. What I mean by jaded is the disdain of the happiness someone can feel for their triumph over something simple and mundane. When you spend all your time working deep in a field you tend to forget that not everyone else does that too.
We tend to be like that in many areas of our lives. I am reminded of a lesson my children once taught me. They saw dust suspended in a sun beam. My wife had told them it was magic, and they danced in it hoping to capture the magic. Now we know the reality, its just dust motes in sunlight. There really is nothing special about it other than a feeling of it being a little dirty (and to think we try to keep a clean house). We forget that the magic can be real. Right then, at that moment the magic was everything to them.
The worst comes when we become so mired in our daily lives that we forget the beauty and magic of something so simple as a sunset. The interplay of reds, oranges, yellows, and then blues from the sky, light up the coming of night. We know why this happens, we understand that it will happen again tomorrow. So we become jaded, if you have seen it once you have seen it a thousand times.
The real trick in life is to suspend your disbelief. When was the last time you looked at the world around you with new eyes. Look around as if you have never seen it before. I guarantee that you will see something again for the first time. You might even see something you never saw before.
I challenge you to look around with childlike wonder, if even for only a moment. Find something you have never seen.