Walk This Way
Have you ever thought about the little things that make life so magical? No, I am not just talking about the mysticism of love or the fascination with cultural diversity. Perhaps I am simply talking about waking up with hope, believing in the unbelievable, or deciding to accept life and its challenges one day at a time instead of presuming it is a prison sentence.
Yeah, yeah, I know. This sounds like an idealistic romantic and something that I definitely am not. Living without the pain I had become accustomed to has offered a new insight into what just might be important. And alas, it sent me on yet another journey that offered up some of the craziest tidbits of trivia.
Did you know, for example, that the roar we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but instead the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear? Would you believe that intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair? As a redhead, I find this especially enchanting (said with an evil grin and dancing eyebrows).
I also learned that the military salute evolved from a motion in medieval times when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity. And, that kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers. Do you know why Roman soldiers had such ornate decorations on top of their helmets? It was not a fashion statement. It made the Roman warriors look taller and more intimidating thus having a psychological impact on their enemies.
But some of my craziest notions did not come from a wild walk on the information highway. Have you ever wondered why the appendages on our feet are called toes? Or why do we have four fingers and one thumb instead of four thumbs and one finger? The creation of language is fascinating and would take a year of blogs to merely scratch the surface. Wait…
Now how did I manage that U-turn? Who has an entire year for such nonsense and why did I go there? I have far more important nonsense to surf the world wide web for. So, walk this way my friends, and try to keep up.
As a life visionary reborn, I apparently have thoughts that defy my usual angst of snarkiness (okay, I’m guilty - I’ve coined a new word). While science educates us on what makes a lightning bug glow, there is no rhyme or reason why a beautiful sunset completely frees our brains and opens our hearts to possibilities. There is just a wealth of knowledge in the wind, if only you stop long enough to listen.
So, what makes your life magical? Whether you believe it or not, there is magic in every breath you take. Of course, there is also love, fear, anger, disappointment, excitement, ecstasy, and bewilderment too. It just depends on which voice you choose to listen to and how high you blast the volume. Ah, but that is fodder for yet another rant.
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Jacque Jarrett Stratman