Friday, June 24, 2011

The Elusive Miracle

I took a little time this morning to reorganize a gazillion projects that are going on at the same time, to prioritize my tasks and to drop a few things that were taking up too much of my brain.

I noticed at one point that I was surrounded by a LOT of newborns and I was struck by the contrast ….

…. of a new generation that is just coming into this world, with no knowledge of who they are or who they will be versus those of us whose lives are filled with responsibilities, opportunities, desires, dreams, successes, failures and everything in between.

… empty plates filled with potential versus full plates filled with expectations and responsibilities.

As I thought about how we are transformed from the moment of birth to the point where we are cognizant of our world and begin to make choices that affect our world and the world of those around us, I couldn’t help but stop and reflect on the miracle that this is.

The human mind begins with unlimited potential, ready to be developed into a powerful force that is able to create inspiration in art and music, observe beauty in the perfection of nature, collaborate with other human beings to create things greater than individuals could create by themselves, manifest tools that extend our ability to explore, learn, share and communicate or create weapons of destruction that defy human imagination.

As I reflected on this, I think of all the times people hope for some miracle to manifest in some aspect of their Life, whether it was for health, wealth or something else that seemed important at the moment.

I also thought about the people who have been disappointed that the elusive miracle that they hoped for never happened.

Then it occurred to me.

I wonder if our perception of what a miracle is is perhaps flawed.

We tend to see miracles as some external event or influence that many of us hope to manifest to “save the day”.

I wonder what would happen if we turned the definition of miracle around and instead of perceiving it as an external event, we perceived it as something we are living within - not something we are hoping will happen.

Every day … in everything we experience.

As we with our unlimited potential ride our little lifeboat that we call the Earth, itself participating perfectly in the miracle that the Universe is, with it’s perfect collection of planets, solar systems, galaxies and other things yet to be discovered.

Maybe … just maybe …. we need to stop praying for, wishing for, hoping for or dreaming of miracles.

Perhaps if we recognized and were open to the fact that we are already living in the middle of a miracle every moment, then we might change how we choose to manifest the future that we desire and perhaps might even change the results of our actions.

And as we recognize this, perhaps we need to acknowledge that the inability to say a resounding “yes” to the offerings of the Universe can be just as debilitating as the inability to say a resounding “no” to that which we don’t like.

Maybe the miracles we seek aren’t so elusive – maybe they’re all around us and within us.  We just need to be open to accepting them.

We are all living miracles – it’s time we started living as them.

The next generation is counting on it.

In service and servanthood,


The Musings-in-a-Minute version of “The Elusive Miracle” can be found here.

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