A very short little magical story that I would like to share…
An Oyster Shooter May Be Magical
(*grin* …not because an oyster is an aphrodisiac..although I hear that it is…)
After a day in which every single one of my heart whispers was dashed, and I really didn’t feel like opening my heart any longer (one of those days!), I was a passenger in the car with my friend. Driving home from an evening walk on the beach in which I gave my discouragement and disappointment to the stars and the ocean (because they somehow transform my feelings to gratitude each and every time!), my friend mentioned that he had never eaten an oyster shooter. Even though I was drained from the day, I had such gratitude in my heart that, when he spoke, I was able to hear the almost imperceptible wish.
Reflection: When I am feeling “less than” and afraid, do I immediately share this negative energy with someone thus impacting their energy? Or do I first invest in processing it internally in a healthy, enriching way before presenting it to World? In this case, ocean is vast, the stars are brilliant, and fresh air is healing, so a beach walk was a way to allow my self to investigate my barriers and choose to open my heart through them. My choice.
When I am fully vested in a connection, am I willing to open my heart beyond my own doubts and fears and release my own internal “stuff” to listen when they speak? Am I willing to listen from my heart, knowing that I believe in unconditional love and the best way to share that is not through words, but action?
I heard the words, and felt the wish; although it was pretty late at night and I was tired, I wanted to share some magic. Feeling excited (a complete turnaround from discouraged and disappointed!), I quickly researched the local seafood restaurant to see what they offered. The local seafood restaurant is quite expensive so, even as I researched, my mind told me this was impossible and impractical while my heart urged me to remain open to possibility. (My friend was just astounded yet again, that one could so easily access extraordinary from such an ordinary moment).
Reflection: Regardless of external (in this case, it was late, I was tired and not feeling too magical), when presented with the opportunity do you tap into flow?
When you are excitedly cultivating magic (wait, that assumes that you do excitedly cultivate magic..do you?), do you listen to your mind as doubts rush in, or do you listen to your heart as it asks you to remain open?
Do you put aside your own inner “stuff” to be a conduit of magic for someone else?
The time was 6:50pm and they advertised a special happy hour menu through 7:00pm in which oyster shooters that are normally $10 each are $1 each. The restaurant was only a few minutes drive from where we were and on the way to where we were going. With a huge grin from ear to ear–because impossible became effortlessly and affordably possible!– I turned to my friend and asked him to change “course” to go to the restaurant. He was open, but had a few doubts as expressed with “what if”…(happens when magic is so easily accessed!).
Reflection: When you ask for something, are you then willing to graciously receive it? Are you open to the possibility of magic? Are you willing to “change your course” to accommodate that magic?
We walked into the restaurant with about three minutes to spare. The bar was completely full and there didn’t seem to be a waiter in sight. I smiled at the impossibility of it all, and that smile brought a waiter right to me. I explained our situation: that my friend had never had an oyster shooter and we were just driving through when I remembered this place and saw the $1 special. The waiter actually whisked us behind the bar, put in our order, then gave us a table to sit in comfort!
Reflection: Are you willing to share your wish with a person who can help you to make it happen? Because I chose to share our “mission” the waiter was accommodating and friendly and enjoyed being part of “an experience”. What could have been ordinary, was magnified to extraordinary. The experience was far easier and more magnificent than I could have planned or hoped for. Are you comfortable accepting the element of magic and, if so, do you allow it to then be magnified and still receive graciously?
The actual eating of the oyster shooter was kind of anti-climatic. The oyster shooter was perfectly presented with accoutrements; my friend downed it in less than 3 seconds. Yet the entire experience is etched into my heart. Simple, yet so extraordinary. So often we plan and we fret and we wish to present “perfect” and large and grandiose when it is the simple act of opening our hearts and sharing from such a place that allows far beyond that which you can imagine to enrich your life.
Reminder: Experiment. Explore. Experience.