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.”
There is debate whether or not he actually made this quote, but I believe these words are well worth sharing.
Tonight when we left a restaurant there was a huge storm off in the eastern sky. Seeing this, I froze in my tracks gazing at the beauty and enormity of the clouds and colors. It was a tremendous painting with a panoramic view of amazing colors and hues. My thoughts were, this same exact formation may never be repeated. It’s such a gift. What is so incredible; situations like this happen, all day, every day.
It seems something has happened to me since I had my epiphany with God and the light on a mountain in Spain. I remember it was early morning and quite unexpected. This encounter was very powerful and changed me forever. One bonus of this event was it brought back the child like wonder and appreciation of everything in our world.
Too often I get caught up in the stresses of this everyday rush around everywhere life. Unfortunately, at these times my focus was on what’s wrong in my world. Now, I am slowing learning that if I stop, take a deep breath and look at all the miracles around me; this changes everything.
Just think of this sphere we call planet earth, look around at everything it brings to us. Think of how rain is formed and how it moisturizes and fertilizes the soil. As a result this nourishes us with incredible food and water. Look at all the trees and plants around us and what they provide. Or the birds that sing and bees that pollinate; or all the other wildlife on this planet that makes everything work in such harmony.
Look around at loved ones including friends, family members and children. In this whole big universe; how did our souls manage to cross paths? For this I am very thankful.
When I stop and think about this vessel we live in, we call our human body. I am amazed by how all of our organs work together so we can see, hear, smell and feel. When I practice this exercise, it shifts my thinking and outlook on the world.
There is a song that Vicky our music director plays on occasion at Unity Eastside. It is titled Holy Now written and performed by Peter Mayer. I urge you to look for his performance of this song on You Tube or go to his website and buy his music. Just listening to this song and the lyrics changes my mood; in just a few brief minutes. This one short verse will give you an idea of the theme of this song.
Wine from water is not so small
But an even better magic trick
Is that anything is here at all
So the challenging thing becomes
Not to look for miracles
But finding where there isn’t one
Last week Reverend Jean pointed out to us the odds that of all the millions of cells from our mothers and fathers; two merged to begin the lives of each and every one of us. We overcame tremendous odds just to begin our lives. These probabilities are crazy. Just think of the odds we beat just to be alive.
Shifting my approach to counting all the good things is a surefire pick me up verses stressing on all the other things. I urge you to give it a shot. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have; or don’t like; or all the other stressors in our world; count your miracles. This really works and it doesn’t cost anything. It just may change your outlook on life.
So grab a friend or family member, or go solo; go for a walk and try counting the miracles you see or experience. Bet you can’t count them all. Are you in?
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