Life happens. . .and so do miracles!

Do you notice the miracles in your life? They are happening every day all around you. Albert Einstein said, “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.”

With a little imagination, you can always find miracles in what seems most ordinary and plain. Walt Whitman used a poetic device—the catalogue—in his poem Miracles, showing how many miracles we encounter everyday. He wrote:


Why, who makes much of a miracle?

As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,

Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,

Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,

Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,

Or stand under trees in the woods,

Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love,

Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,

Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,

Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,

Or animals feeding in the fields,

Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,

Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,

Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;

These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,

The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.


To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,

Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,

Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,

Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

To me the sea is a continual miracle,

The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the ships 

with men in them,

What stranger miracles are there?


Today, why not step out of the ordinary and into the miraculous? Like Einstein, you can start seeing everything in your life as a miracle. Even those things that sometimes bring you misery have a gift embedded somewhere in them that is a miracle. Like Whitman, you could create your own catalogue of miracles as you go through your day. Step into this day with eyes open wide to see what miracles you discover in the ordinary of your life.


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