The Alchemy of a Yard sale


I have never been a part of a garage sale until today. My dear friend Elicia, who has been there for me through thick and thin, decided to do one on a hot summer Saturday morning. She, like most of us, had accumulated a lot of things over the course of several years. Many of these things no longer served her, and so a garage sale was an excellent way to purge her household of the old, to make room for the new.

As I watched people come up and buy what was once considered junk and clutter, I am reminded of a word that has magical, yet practical application to our world. The word I speak of is alchemy. Alchemy has many definitions, but the one that resonates with me the most is the magical ability to transform something of lesser value into something of greater value. Alchemists were the unique blend of wizard and scientists. They were known to convert common metals into precious metals such as gold and silver. They were responsible for the creation of the Elixir of Life, which supposedly gave man longevity and eventually immortality.

            I like to think of alchemy as creating seemingly something out of nothing, and a garage sale exemplifies that perfectly. What was considered junk and clutter in Elicia’s jam-packed garage, now serves as revenue and space. What was once a normal Saturday, has now transformed into a community event as neighbors whom we had not met, stopped by to check out Elicia’s hidden treasures. The normal had been changed into the exceptional. A problem had been turned into opportunity. We had in essence performed modern day magic. We were alchemists for a day.

            In the modern day world, we need to embrace our inner alchemist. As economic times become difficult, we need to take a less linear approach to solving our problems and be more creative. Within each of us exists a powerful, mystical being of limitless capacity, but in order express such a gift we must change the way we perceive our world. All problems are challenges designed to make us grow as individuals. We can choose to view our era as a great burden, or an amazing opportunity for transformation of our thoughts and our beliefs. We can take advantage of apparent struggle, and become the expansively imaginative beings we were destined to become. Through imagination, we unlock the secret to change, and a better world for us all.

Complaining that the world has been unfair to us does not serve our higher good and only handcuffs our true selves. Instead, we can embrace life as a spiritual boot camp that is designed to morph us into powerful, free thinking leaders of our communities.  The power to change our world for the better is within all of us. If there is one thing that this garage sale has taught me, is that we all are capable of doing magical things. We are creative, limitless and boundless beings. We are the great alchemists that our world has been waiting for.