The Magic Wand Project is a social kindness experiment inviting people to discover what they love and care about in their city and community…AND consider where they might share their magic to make the place we live better.
Do you love bikes and want to see a whole mess of biking folks in your community or have bike lanes everywhere?
Do you love to dance and want to see dancing used to bring people together or as a way to let completely go?
Do you love to learn and want to see learning happening in new and creative ways in your city?
Do you love nature and want to see it worshipped and cared for in all the best ways?
Do you love street art and want every city wall downtown to be a giant mural of some rad artist’s view of the world?
Whatever it is, you have the magic to do or be part of something bigger than yourself.
So I went through this whole phase about thinking about how things change. I wrote about it here if you are up for a story! Change kinda makes me nervous in some ways, especially when the need is big or feels beyond my reach. I start running around in my head trying to figure out what I should do, where I fit, wonder if I fit, worried we have to start NOW…and then I just want to take a nap. And I start to feel sort of small, which is a tricky place to be because it usually means you have lost your power, knowledge or hope along the way too.
But over time, and not nearly enough naps, but lots of soul searching and head shrinking/expanding, I realized almost everything good starts somewhere with someone believing it may be possible…and believing in the people around them, seeing and claiming something no one else has yet.
The magic is in the person who can start, in some small way, to claim and step into a city or life they want for themselves and the people they love. Magic is created in even just starting to imagine what can be. I know now it all matters, each step we take, no matter how small.
It seems the best way to make that first step to create something beautiful is to play and start in the place of something you love. This kind of change and living is the kind that grows from the bottom up, it rises in the raddest ways, out of joy.
So I found some old magic wands while cleaning one day, I know, this is my life. I had ordered them for a project and had forgotten all about them. I wondered if they might be the perfect thing to leave in interesting places to find out what other people loved about the city and their thoughts on change. I attached a note explaining the project to 100 wands and sent them off with dear friends and fellow kindness workers to litter the city with those bad boys of goodness….and waited to see if anyone is interested or has any magic to share.
I am hoping you might be here because YOU found a MAGIC wand of change somewhere in the city…please tell me in the comments below, I am dying to know…
If you could be part of one thing to create GOOD in RVA (or your city),
WHAT WOULD IT BE?
For me, I want to be part of art and kindness changing the place I love and connecting people. I want to make stuff and do lots of guerrilla kindness that let strangers and my community know there is joy and love in the world and that they are cared for and not alone…and invite them to pass it on if they feel called.
So now maybe your head and heart are filling with ideas, or you have no idea and need to think more about it or maybe you need to go take a nap, but either way, it all counts and thanks for being part of this project. Thanks for thinking about what you love and the city you live in. It’s all MAGIC.
p.s. even if you didn’t find a wand, we would love to hear your answer…and if you know of a program or some way to connect a love mentioned in the comments with a point of action, please speak up! Also, if you want to start a magic wand project in your city, here is a download of the tag to attach to your magic wands!
p.s.s. you may also want to check out The Magic Wand Project for kids!