I heard about a fun little Netflix holiday series called Dash & Lily over the holiday break, so I thought it may be a light-hearted watch as I wrapped gifts and enjoyed relaxing days in my jammies. True to the reviews, it is a fun and inspiring show about a friendship that develops between Dash and Lily all because of a little red notebook of clues found in a NYC bookstore. As they pass messages and dares back and forth through the notebook, they are sent on a series of adventures that lead them to discover truths about themselves.
I was in a heap of wrapping paper and ribbon, when a scene in episode four made me put down the scissors and tape and hit rewind. In this scene, Lily has written a series of clues in the red notebook that lead Dash to a home extravagantly decorated and lit for the holidays. When he arrives, she asks him to write down what he sees. Cynical Dash, lacking in the holiday spirit, replies: “Plastic nutcrackers and fake Santas…nothing that is real.”
Next, Lily instructs Dash to take another look at the holiday scene and give it another chance. He scans the extravagant display again and pauses at an affectionate elderly couple taking pictures in front of the house. He replies, “I see an older couple who probably come here every year to take a picture at the same house. They probably have those photographs on their wall. I see them holding hands. I think they must know each other very well”
Lily then responds by writing, “I told myself I didn’t fit in anywhere and kept telling myself that one day it would magically change. But a little known fact, the word abracadabra comes from an Aramaic phrase, Avra Kehdabra, meaning, I create as I speak. We make our own magic. We see what we look for. I hope you’ll keep looking for the good stuff. I believe in you.”
Woah! Think about that for a minute.
I create as I speak.
We make our own magic.
How often do we chain our possibilities by limiting our thoughts and speaking words of negativity and doubt into existence? What if we unchained our possibilities by looking for the hope and promise in our circumstances, rather than the constraints and limitations? What if we stopped doubting, and started doing? What is we stopped complaining, and started praising? What if we stopped fearing, and started trusting? We all have the power to make our own magic! What could we dream? What could we experience? What could we accomplish? If only, we believed it could become our reality.
In the current state of our world, it is easy to focus on the negative and quickly become overwhelmed with discouragement and despair. However, as I look towards a brand new year I will choose to see hope and joy in the world around me. I will choose to speak words of positivity and possibility. I will choose to create my own magic. I hope in the year ahead you’ll join me in looking for the good stuff. I believe in you.
let’s make some magic in 2022!
Student Engagement & PD Specialist in Southern Oregon, Canva Learning Consultant, Canva Education Creator, and author of Make Learning Magical. I'm passionate about finding innovative ways to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.