The Magician’s Nephew

When I was younger, I was convinced I was a fan of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series after I saw the movie. I begged my parents to get me some of the books, and they obliged. Unfortunately, the books weren’t that interesting to me at the time and I ended up forgetting them as they started to collect dust. Years later a pandemic struck the world, and everyone went into lockdown giving us nothing but time on our hands. With this abundance of free time, I ended up doing some cleaning and reorganizing because of the boredom. I stumbled upon these old books and decided to give them another go.

I decided to read the books in chronological order, and this led me to start with The Magician’s Nephew. The story was incredible! The world I was thrown into was desolate, haunting, yet it had a strange sense of beauty behind the mystique. Through a series of world hopping adventures, Digory (the protagonist and magician’s nephew) and friends find themselves at the beginning of a creation scene being carried out by a lion, Aslan. It is from Aslan that we get a quote that I found oddly profound.

“Oh sons of Adam, how you cleverly defend yourself against all that might do you good.”

Aslan, The Magician’s Nephew

When I read this line, I had to take a pause and let the words settle in. Then I started to reflect on how applicable those words were to my life. How many times have I unknowingly or even knowingly refused something that would be advantageous to me in the short or long term. Just like how some of the characters in the story ignored people or situations that were blessings and in turn slowed down their own progress, I have done the same thing in my own life. This quote reminds me that life is already difficult enough and that there’s no need for me to add on to my own trials and tribulations. Now when a good thing comes I latch on and refuse to let go.

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