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. – Albert Einstein
In a season that celebrates miracles, we don’t have to look far to start counting OUR miracles. Just the fact you are ALIVE, BREATHING and READING this blog is such a miracle. And the computer or mobile device that allows you to access this blog is a miracle. And the fact that humans developed language that allows us to communicate with each other is a miracle. And the fact that I am physically writing this blog on a crisp, clear, California morning – and not six feet under -- is a miracle.
Indeed, there is no shortage of miracles.
Instead there seems to be a shortage of time – and resolve -- to count our miracles.
In a holiday season that stresses materialism over miracles and sales over spirit, we tend to lose the wonder of the countless things that make our lives so precious, and so worth living. Even in our darkest days, there is always something to celebrate – always miracles to count.
Some miracles are obvious. Researchers developed rituximab, the immunotherapy that demolished my non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in 1999 – just in time for my 2013 diagnosis. The birth of my children and grandchildren. The food on my table. The exquisite beauty of nature. The fact that I passed my statistics class in my MBA program with a B.
And some miracles are subtler (or not). Our favorite movies, television shows, musicians and authors. Paint. Central air and heat. The Internet. Adele (Hello?). White boards and markers. Transportation – planes, trains and automobiles. Wine. Coffee. Chocolate.
It is tempting to liken counting our miracles to keeping a gratitude journal (a practice I wholeheartedly endorse). Yet counting our miracles brings us to a higher level of wonder and appreciation. And it keeps our spirit light on the days when circumstances in AND out of our control want to drag us down.
Counting our miracles:
· Allows us to be present as we live our lives.
· Helps prevent us from taking anyone or anything for granted.
· Moves us from a “victim” mentality to a place of empowerment.
And where do you begin? Simply look in the mirror. YOU are a miracle.
Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at www.loribakerschena.com