It’s very easy to become frustrated with life’s little inconveniences until they turn into magic right before your eyes. I had that experience recently.
Several weeks ago I was with friends in a beautiful gift shop in Long Beach, California called Fern’s Garden. As we wandered through this magnificent garden filled with angels, wind chimes, and other eclectic gifts, I ran across a bin of tiny gold genie lamps. I couldn’t NOT get one for my dear friend and kindred spirit, Radleigh Valentine. Why? Radleigh’s most recent book with Hay House Publishing is titled, How to be Your Own Genie: Manifesting the Magical Life You Were Born to Live.
I love this book and I love Radleigh, so I thought it would be a silly but cute little gift to give him when I visited his city later that month. Well, the first frustration came when our schedules did not allow us to see each other that weekend. It was disappointing, but there was not much we could do about it. The little genie lamp came back home with me and I decided to mail it to him instead. With all the junk mail we receive these days, I thought he would enjoy receiving something fun from a friend.
When I got home I made a card, placed the little lamp inside, and sealed the envelope. Because it was bulky, I took it to the post office to ensure it had enough postage. I was surprised when the Houston postal worker only asked for 94 cents. Something told me it should have cost more than that, but who am I to argue with the man who works there?
It seemed odd that more than a week passed before I heard from Radleigh. Eventually, he sent me a text message asking if times were tough because he received something from me with postage due. I knew he was teasing, but I was not happy with that Houston postal worker for not collecting the right amount of money. Here I was trying to be thoughtful and instead, I added something to my busy friend’s to do list! To make matters worse, Radleigh was out of town at the time, so now this “thoughtful gift” may involve someone else having to make a trip to the post office. If that didn’t happen, there was a chance the gift would be sent back to me. Yes, I was frustrated.
Another week passed before Radleigh sent another text message with a photo of the incriminating letter and the caption, “Bail Posted.” I was glad he received my gift, but I was still frustrated that he had to make a special trip to the post office to pay the postage due. That frustration dissipated when he told me what happened that day.
Not surprisingly, there was a long line at the post office. When an elderly woman with mobility challenges joined the line behind him, Radleigh insisted she move in front of him. She tried to refuse, but Radleigh’s mother raised him to be a gentleman. He wasn’t taking no for an answer. That’s when something magical happened. Witnessing his kindness, every other person in line followed suit and the elderly woman went directly to the front of the line and was out of there in 3 minutes.
As soon as he shared this story, I knew that all of the frustration happened for a reason. Radleigh did too, which is one of the many reasons we are kindred spirits. He was definitely supposed to be in line at the post office at that exact moment to initiate that magical experience for everyone there. As if that weren’t magical enough, the postal worker who took care of him had seen what happened and told him he didn’t have to pay the postage due. Yes, sometimes frustration can turn into magic if we choose to see it that way.
Could you use some magic in your life? I highly encourage you to follow Radleigh Valentine on Facebook and Instagram or catch his show “Magical Things” on Hay House Radio every Thursday afternoon at 4 PM Central Time. If you or someone you love feels stuck, How to Be Your Own Genie might be just the book to help get the magic flowing again. Radleigh presents some tried and true tools in a fun and fresh way so you can start granting your own wishes! You can purchase this book on amazon.com or wherever you like to buy spiritual books. As always, if I can assist you with Life Coaching or Family Constellations, please look around my website or send me an email for more information.
Until next time, may you be open to the possibility that your frustrations could indeed turn into magic!
A miracle is never lost. It may touch many people you have not even met, and produce undreamed of changes in situations of which you are not even aware.
A Course in Miracles – T-1.I.45 (Miracle Principle 45)