“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.”
This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein but the Internet is rife with arguments that these words are not his.
Regardless of who said these words, they came to me today and were welcome because they are a reminder to be grateful for absolutely everything in life, for life itself.
Today we had a snow storm.
Last night the media filled us with fear and foreboding about the treacherous storm that was about to destroy everything in its path. Schools and workplaces were shut in advance. Long lines ran round the block at grocery stores as people bought all their emergency food supplies. Everyone prepared.
And everyone complained.
It’s March..why is it still winter?…
Another storm? More shoveling, ugh!…
The city is shutting down? Oh no, but I need to do this and that, and now I can’t…
And so on and so forth.
Well, though we did have a snow storm, it was not as bad as had been predicted. Instead of 18 inches of snow, we had 6. And guess what?
That’s right…we complained!!
This is what they call a Blizzard?? This is barely even a storm!,
Is this what we closed the schools for?? We could have gone to work.
Where is all the snow they promised? I thought we could go out sledding, this is more ice than snow.
Ugh, it is so wet and cold outside.
We are habitual complainers!
I don’t know if humans have always been this way, but there is no doubt that it is definitely who we are nowadays. We need to complain and be dissatisfied or we are not normal. Society requires us to bitch and moan about something, anything, but there must be something.
If you are happy and go lucky…you are probably on something.
But then think about the saying I opened with.
What about the miracles??? What if every thing is a miracle? Maybe we would be in awe more often instead of complaining.
We are alive! It snows! We get to experience snow! We get to feel cold, or wet and we come inside and enjoy warmth.
We drink a cup of hot chocolate and cuddle up in front of a movie. TV? How amazing. Cable? Wow! Streaming?? OMG!
We get a snow day off! An unplanned vacation day! Yay!
A day away from the office! Time to have some fun with the kids! Yippee!
We are strong enough to shovel snow. Watch how amazingly your arms lift the shovel full of snow, how your back supports you, how strong your legs are. How perfectly everything works together. The human body is the most amazing machine of all.
Look at the snow….how does that even happen??? Tiny amazingly perfect flakes of ice falling from the sky…if that isn’t a miracle, I don’t know what is.
Look around you. Look at every little mundane everyday thing and be amazed at what a miracle everything really is.
It just makes you say, Wow! and Thank you! over and over and over again.
And what a positive and wonderful place that is to be in – a place of awe and gratitude – every single day in every moment.
Now that is living a miracle. I like that!