Songwriter Peter Mayer writes — “So, the challenging thing becomes, not to find miracles, but finding where there isn’t one.”
You may be thinking that’s an overstatement. A lot of people consider miracles as things that happened in Biblical times. Because we don’t take some time to consider the world around us. And, for some reason, when given a choice we look at life in a negative rather than a positive light.
All of us go through challenging times. If we didn’t, there wouldn’t be much point to life. If you seize the moment, the greatest lessons come out of the biggest challenges. My reaction to hard times would be to always give gratitude for what I have, where the choice would be to complain about what I don’t have. In a really difficult stretch, it becomes harder to locate things to possess gratitude for.
I often find yourself feeling grateful for these especially hard times. You realize how several things you merely take for granted during the times when you yourself have to dig deep to locate something to be grateful for. If you sit quietly for a moment and just observe the planet around you, it doesn’t take long to understand that nearly everything’s a miracle.
Or, if you’re like me and you have a 4 year old, you obtain daily reminders of the truth that everything’s a miracle. The only real answer I have for lots of her constant questions lately is “it’s a miracle.”
I scraped my knee and she wants to know how your body heals itself. It’s a miracle. We planted tiny little ugly brown seeds within an egg carton this spring. How can they grow into the beautiful flowers pictured on the seed package? It’s a miracle. Why does the sun set? Miracle. Why does it snow in the spring? Miracle. Why does my 9 month old cry when I leave the room? Another miracle.
Obviously you can find complex scientific explanations for most of these things. That doesn’t cause them to become any less of a miracle.
With millions of people in the world, just how do we meet with the love of our life? How can we find a buddy that knows exactly what to express at the ideal time? How are we able to take following the death of a parent, or worse yet, a child? Just how can a dog enable a blind man to live as though he were sighted? Why does chocolate taste SO good?
Well, I possibly could continue, but hopefully you obtain the point. Because a lot of people don’t have the point. And if you’re not “into” self improvement and personal growth, you could never stop good enough to understand the point. Life is indeed full and so challenging and so hectic, that it’s frighteningly easy to miss the truth that miracles are everywhere and in everything.
It matters the method that you see the planet and it matters the method that you tell the story acim. This is the key to self improvement without changing anything apart from your perception of the world. Just open your eyes as much as the miracles around you.
When someone asked me how my day was, like, I possibly could respond by telling them so it was a miserably cold and rainy day, and all my kids were tired from staying up too late, and getting everyone up and dressed to take my daughter to school was a real struggle.
Or I possibly could inform them how much fun we’d staying up late the night before roasting marshmallows within the fire, and how my daughter sang a lovely rendition of twinkle, twinkle little star to my baby that morning to keep him from being fussy. And I possibly could laugh about how my 2 year old ran at home in my high heels that morning as I tried to chase him down and get his shoes on him. And I possibly could share how much fun my daughter had at school stomping in the mud puddles and choosing the post-rain worms wriggling on the sidewalk. I possibly could marvel at the rainbow.
It’s as much as me. I can’t control my kids’moods. I can’t control the weather. But I do control how I view the world. And how I tell the story, even though and then myself in my head. I will view life as difficult or as a miracle.
Why does it matter? The short answer is that part of the goal of self improvement is usually to be happy. And being happy only for the sake to be happy is a good thing. But it goes deeper than that. Seeing the planet as magic is critical to your online business success. I’ll share why in my next article.