Everyone is capable of working magic somewhere.
At the beginning of her new book, Bernadette Jiwa speaks poignantly about her brother Johnny; I can only imagine some tragedy behind these words:
‘He was the most magnificent person who had everything he needed, and he didn’t know it.’*
I want you to know that you are a magician and I want you to know exactly what your magic is.
I was supporting my daughter-in-law yesterday as she graduated with a Jewellery and Silversmithing degree. Karolina produces amazingly imaginative and beautiful items – part of her magic, I am often spellbound by the designs.
The proceedings began with a moment of reflection from Honorary Chaplain Richard Frazer speaking about how there is data, then information, then knowledge, and then there is wisdom, and he concluded by urging the graduates to take their degrees of knowledge into the world and to gain wisdom.
Wisdom is real magic and it is always meaningful.
This magic takes who we are and what we have and what we know and all of our experiences and our passions and dreams and hopes, and makes something extraordinary to present to the world.
As I replayed yesterday’s stream of hundreds of students receiving their various degrees, I found myself wondering about what kind of magic they’ll bring into the world. I also found myself thinking about all the people who’ve never been part of a degree ceremony, who nevertheless are capable of magic too – every person is qualified to bring something meaningful into the world.
Degreed or not, everyone everyone discovers there’s no straight line to making magic. We’re so used to straight lines – straight lines on this webpage, all the lists we make, the ten things we need to do to get from here to a happier future – but straight is what we impose on a curvy world.
Maybe I made some progress yesterday but tomorrow I can mess up and have to begin again. Welcome to the curve. I may fail a hundred times but if I understand life has no straight lines then I can grow stronger.
‘The best way to verify if you are alive is by checking you like variations.’**
This sounds curvy, and yet, this is where we can make our magic, where we can play with the random and chaotic and find our creativity.
‘The greatest gift you can give a person is to see who she is and to reflect that back to her, when we help people to be who they want to be, to take back somee of the permission they deny themselves, we are doing our best, most meaningful work.’*
(*From Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)
(**From Nassim Taleb’s Antifragile.)