want someone else to act. But miracles aren't what
other people do. They're what each of us does. They're what happens
people take extraordinary action. To be a miracle
doesn't mean you have
to tackle problems across the globe. It means making a
difference in your
own living room, cubicle, neighborhood, community.
Be the Miracle
think that we have a major misconception about what miracles
are. As children, we were taught things like Biblical
miracles that happen to only a select few people, and that
are witnessed by very few people. A miracle, though,
isn't necessarily about divine intervention--rather, it can
not include God at all. If we look at one of the
definitions of the word, we see "a
highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or
accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences,"
and that ends up leaving lots of doors open for us.
we know may consider it a miracle that a bag of groceries
ended up appearing on their porch when they most needed
it. A miracle may just be that person who offers to
tutor the student who's doing poorly in math, just when that
person was about to give up completely. A miracle may
be having someone take a person's work shift so that person
can do something extremely important to him or her
can all be miracle workers, though most of us have probably
spent a lot of time and effort convincing ourselves that we
don't have it within us to be so. I remember once
raking the leaves in our yard and noticing that our neighbor
hadn't gotten to hers yet. I had an extra half hour
available and I love raking leaves, so it was no problem for
me to go over there and take care of them. She
considered it a miracle because she had been dreading the
task and hadn't been able to find any time at all to do it,
and she hadn't even asked anyone to do it. It made me
feel very good to have a positive impact on a neighbor who
was a very nice and kind person.
are within our power to create and share. We can make
them happen daily on a very small scale, and the small scale
is extremely important to many people on this planet.
I want to keep my eyes and mind and heart open to
opportunities to work miracles in life, for doing so will
make my life much, much more special. Sometimes, even,
the best miracles are the smallest and the least expected.