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MAGIC MOMENTS

by riley harrison

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries

Corita Kent

 

There is no guarantee that an anticipated experience is going  to be a “once in a lifetime moment” which we will always treasure. But if you never take a risk, be spontaneous or do something new, you will be guaranteed a life devoid of vitality and excitement. There is the story of Ed who constantly complained that he never won the lottery. One day a loud voice boomed down from the heavens “Ed, meet me halfway; but a lottery ticket.” In order to have a life, you have to meet life halfway. You have to try and you have to make yourself available for those “magic moments”.

Travel for me is work, but the magic moments experienced (the glassworks factories on isle of  Muarano , Bennini sculptures, the Pieta, first night in Rome, visiting an 11th century Norman house, being in the same rooms that Anne Frank hid from the Nazis in world war II, beautiful historic rivers that I have always read about but had never seen, a sense of community and lifestyle that is alien to the  American experience of living – we once dined in an outdoor restaurant that overlooked the town piazza and watched strangers unleash their dogs in the square to let them play while they chatted with one another),breathtaking art that literally makes you weak at the knees. This is why I travel. It rejuvenates me.

An elderly patient in a nursing home said “Death is not a problem if you have lived first.” Magic moments are priceless; give them a chance to happen.

 

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Daniel M. Wood April 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I like this post Riley.
Magic Moments, some momemnts we will always remember. I still remember playing baseball with my dad when I was three, the first time I threw a curve ball by him :)

Some moments just stick with you.
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riley harrison April 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Hi Daniel,
You know I had that exact same experience- playing catch with my dad. I guess that’s why baseball is the national pastime.
Riley

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Sandra / Always Well Within April 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Hi Riley,

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the magic in every moment! I love your encouragement for us to do so.
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riley harrison April 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Well thanks Sandra. Of course when you are awake and not sleep walking through life there will be many more magic moments.
Riley

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Fran Aslam the Onlinewriter April 11, 2011 at 12:40 am

Hi Riley:

I have been here before, I liked your site and your current post. The quote at the end is simply awesome I could feel the pleasure of reading it even now. You are a great writer. You just write your blog for fund or do you make money on line?
Make it great for yourself.
Fran A
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riley harrison April 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Well thank you for the kind words. Praise coming from someone who knows a thing or two about writing is humbling. I’m just writing for fun. Thanks again Fran and I hope things are going well for you.
Riley

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Dia April 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Hi Riley,

Very nice! I try to look for those magic moments all the time in various situations. I had some “magic moments” in my life that I will never forget, I believe we all have them. If we start looking for those magic moments, our lives would be a lot more appreciated. Thanks Riley for sharing
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riley harrison April 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

Hi Dia,
I appreciate your comment; thanks for stopping by.
Riley

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Stuart April 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

“Death is not a problem if you have lived first”

That caused me to stop Riley. What a great quote! When you get to your deathbed, you won’t wish that you worked more hours in the office, or that you pushed yourself to achieve a project. You’ll ask yourself, “Have I truly lived?”

If we don’t live now, then another little chunk of life slips away. And if not now, then when? Riley, I’d say you were the kind of guy who knows how to live life; I wonder if we could see a post one day with some aid on how to truly ‘live’? That would be special :-)
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riley harrison April 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Hey Stuart.
How are you doing? Concerning the question on how to truly live – I think gratitude has to be part of the equation. All the positive psychologists include it in their formula for happiness and I think they are right. Wish you the best.
Riley

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Katie from Be Extraordinary Today April 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Hi Riley,
What a great reminder to make sure to look for the magic moments. I think we’re surrounded by magic moments, we just forget how to see them some times :)
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riley harrison April 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Hello Katie,
It’s just too easy to be on automatic pilot and miss
all the magic moments that are available if you are awake.
Riley

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Davina K. Brewer April 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Riley, Like others I like the “death/lived” quote and it’s because of those ‘magic moments.’ It’s recognizing them as they happen and appreciating what they are, that even though these events may not be the plan, it IS living. There are times I’ve liked getting lost b/c I’ve found new places I didn’t know existed, stumbled across a shortcut or alternate route, or found one of those ‘never noticed it before’ gems in an old familiar place. Now I’m still holding out for the lottery, but that’s just me. ;-) FWIW.
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riley harrison April 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hi Davina,
The neat thing about a lottery ticket is that you get your money’s worth in fantasy even if you don’t win. Thanks for stopping by.
Riley

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Bryan April 13, 2011 at 2:36 am

Hi Riley, I love this. You’re right on, bro. In order to realize our potential and take advantage of those “magic moments,” we can’t expect them to just appear. They require stepping out onto faith and taking advantage of our intentional moments! They require BEING intentional! Thanks for sharing!
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riley harrison April 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hey Bryan,
I agree magic moments are too precious not to chase. You have to be proactive (be intentional) and pursue. I love to write so your last post was really helpful in sorting out the new landscape for writers.
Riley

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Kate Hobbs April 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

I just want to thank you for this post. Today, I have spent two minutes remembering some wonderful moments from my life. I have written about them in my post that will be published tomorrow at http://www.katehobbs.wordpress.com. What a privilege to remember. Thanks for the prompt.

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riley harrison April 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hi Kate,
My wife is into genealogy and is currently researching pictures and data from my early childhood. Long forgotten pleasant memories are being recalled. It’s a wonderful experience to reconnect with the positive aspects of the past.
Riley

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riley harrison April 16, 2011 at 4:20 am

Thank you Kate. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.
Riley

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Lori Gosselin April 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Riley,
I can relate to having wonderful magic moments while traveling. There’s nothing quiet like it, and you describe it so well! I think the key is to look at our present surroundings with those same eyes, not easy to do since we stop “seeing” it at all. Who was it who first said, What you focus on expands. I try to remember that but it’s easy to forget!
Thanks for the reminder!
Lori

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riley harrison April 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi Lori,
Traveling is wonderful isn’t it. All aspects can be enjoyed: anticipation, the actual experience and recalling the fond memories.
Riley

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Lori Gosselin April 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

So well put Riley! So true!
Lori
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rosie taylor April 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Got the same message two years ago and ended up in Australia meeting the man of my dreams in person for the first time. We are now married & having a new adventure together. Thanks for reminding me to stay unstuck even AFTER experiencing a magic moment.

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riley harrison April 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

Hi Rosie,
Wow winding up in Australia, that’s a long ways away from everywhere (unless you are an Aussie). He must have been quite a guy (and quite a magic moment) to get you to Australia. Wish you the best and thanks for stopping by.
Riley

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riley harrison April 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

My pleasure. Hope you have had your share of magical moment too.
Riley

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Scott McCurdy from fleet tracking systems August 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

When it comes to life, these magical moments are often all, we remember. For some these hide in traveling and experiencing life in other mirrors and for some these are hidden in the priceless moments in relationships, family, sports, money, etc. Everyone has his own standard of magic moments, but the essence of life at its end, lies in these very moments.

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riley harrison March 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Thank you Brenna. I’ll have to work on that.
Riley

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