January 19    

Today's quotation:

We want someone else to act.  But miracles aren't what other people do.  They're what each of us does.  They're what happens when ordinary 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.

Regina Brett
Be the Miracle

Today's Meditation:

I 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.

Someone 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 personally.

We 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.

Miracles 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.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of miracles might you have the chance to create today.  For whom?

Why do we keep such a narrow definition of what a miracle is for so long?

What are some of the most important miracles that have happened to you (using the above definition).

For further thought:

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize:  a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes.  All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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