Every year, people travel thousands of miles in hopes of witnessing a miracle, such as the Pope or religious leader healing an ill child. They envision miracles as these grand, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that take place on the other side of the world, far away from their realm of reality. Miracles that bring great joy and amazement, a feeling of gratitude and abundance. But do you really need to trek half way around the world in hopes of witnessing such an event and feeling such fulfillment and joy? There has to be a better way. There is.
You see, a miracle can be an “extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs”, according to Merriam-Webster, but it is also “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.” Often, we tend to overlook those events, those miracles that happen every day, all around us.
As an example, have you ever stopped to consider how amazing our human body is? It basically runs on auto-pilot, breathing, transferring blood and oxygen through the body, digesting food in just the right way to provide nourishment, firing neurons to notify us pain or pleasure. All without us thinking twice about it. That is extremely outstanding if you ask me (which you haven’t but I am telling you anyway.) What about those people who seem to enter your life at just the right time, offering love and support just when you need it? Remember what happened on 9/12 – the day after 9/11? Our entire country came together, helping one another. It didn’t matter your race, religion or color. We were one. That was a miracle in the midst of a tragedy. How about the birth of a child, their first laugh and first steps? Or the way mother nature demonstrates that change can be beautiful, shedding her leaves in fall only to have them flourish again in the spring?
We tend to take these things for granted but they are all extraordinary events. These are everyday miracles. These are amazing things that, if we took the time to really acknowledge and appreciate, we could feel that sense of awe and gratitude every day. Even in the wake of a tragedy, you can find the heroes. Fred Rogers reminded us to always “look for the helpers.” It may not always be easy, but sometimes focusing on that one beam of light when all else is dark is enough to bring a sense of calm to our lives right when we need it.
If you took a few minutes every single day to recognize and give thanks for your amazing body, your friends and family, newly blooming flowers and simply waking up to live another day, your energy starts vibrating at a higher level and you become happier and more content, more grateful and kind. This is not to say that bad things wont happen. All you have to do is turn on the news and see the latest school shooting, disease epidemic or wild fires. We cant stop events from happening, but we can find those helpers, or become one ourselves. Albert Einstein wrote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I do hope you’ll take a moment each day to find your everyday miracles.
With love and gratitude,