Sometimes when we’re consciously searching for something—whether in our emotional space or in a supermarket—we come up empty handed.
At other times, something unexpected and magical jumps up and bites us on the nose: feeling love at first sight across a crowded space, finding a home that feels just right, hiking around a curve and having our breath taken away by the perfect composition of sky, hills and horizon.
Little bits of enchantment make the difference between just another day and a joyful day of meaning. A forgotten card from a beloved aunt, the smile of a shy child, a flower growing through a sidewalk crack.
I recently spotted yet another wooden fairy door built into the base of a tree on a back trail along a lake in Golden Gate Park. Near the little door there was also a tiny picnic bench marked, “Parks & Rec, Squirrels & Fairies Picnic Area.” I did not see squirrels or fairies chatting over a snack at the miniature table, but maybe I’ll catch them next time.
The appearance of a single charming surprise can bring smiles for a whole day. May we all keep eyes and hearts open enough to sense the treasures around us.
This week’s Hike Notes, Elk Glen Lake-Golden Gate Park, leads walkers around one of three small lakes on the southern edge of Golden Gate Park.
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Hike Notes 158: Elk Glen Lake-Golden Gate Park
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