There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
A miracle—from the Latin word mirari, meaning “to wonder”—is defined an event or occurrence not explainable by evidence or scientific fact alone. For this very reason, a miracle elicits excitement and wonder. It is a manifestation is beyond the ability of human action alone. They have reported miracles as far back as recorded research. But do you realize that miracles happen every day?
Miracles are seen as dramatic occurrences, such as cancer suddenly going into remission, sight being restored, or a missing child being inexplicably discovered and unharmed. Miracles are quiet, unexplained circumstances. Like suddenly knowing how to navigate a challenge after praying for guidance. Meeting your future partner and knowing destiny has decided for you to be together, Or knowing exactly where to look for something lost. Miracles may appear as blessings, random events, or luck, depending on the perceived viewpoint and beliefs.
Not everyone believes in Miracles. Perhaps you don’t believe in miracles, blessings, luck, or randomness. Maybe you look for scientific explanations, determined to prove occurrences based on clues, data analysis, and physical evidence.
Maybe you believe in miracles, but you’re waiting for grandiose miracles. “If I can just get a big break, I can make everything right in my life.” Some of you have been waiting for that miracle and feel you are at the end of your rope, barely hanging on. My advice? Let go.
If you stop and look at each and everything that you see and experience in your life, you will realize that miracles are in and around us everywhere, in each day, and in every moment. A child growing inside of a mother’s belly. The sun coming up. The perfectly designed, still standing pyramids. The stars suspended in the sky. The earth turning in the galaxy. Gravity. Plant life. The Internet. Bridges. Physics. The central nervous system. The development, growth, agility, and abilities of the brain and the body itself. Each time you investigate a mirror, and each time you see another human being, you are witnessing a miracle. Yet, you don’t see it.
In his article, “Miracle of the Human Body” on the “Walking Giant News Service” website, Deepak Chopra wrote:
“Consider that the human body comprises approximately one hundred trillion cells, about one thousand cells for every bright star in the Milky Way. It takes only fifty replications, starting with the one-celled fertilized ovum to produce those 100 thousand billion cells. The first replication gives you two cells. The second replication gives you four. The third replication gives you sixteen cells, and so on. By the fiftieth replication, you have one hundred thousand billion cells in your body, and that’s where the replication stops.”
Living in our humanness, racing through our lives, and layered in all our conditioned beliefs and behaviors has taught us to view our physical reality from a place of blindness and deafness to the continual stream of miracles every day. How many times have you said, or heard someone say something like: “It’s Wednesday, hump day; only two more days until the weekend” “Three more years till I can retire, and then I can relax and enjoy myself and see the world” or “One hour more and then we can go have a drink and unwind?” We think of our lives as work or play, black or white, stress or pleasure, something to get through, until the real fun can begin.
Modern day culture worships “Happy Hour,” weekends, parties, holidays, vacations, or retirement as the big things, the good stuff, the rewards. We get excited about seeing actors at the Academy Awards, attending a professional basketball game, touring millionaire homes, having cocktails by the pool, choosing the prettiest and latest makeup, hair and fashion, and having the most expensive toys, fastest cars, and sophisticated cell phones.
All these can excite on some level. Yet, our holding them in such high esteem, and even worship, while the grandest, most spectacular miracles of all are what we see in the mirror and outside, creates a distorted sense of reality.
This is the illusion that we have been conditioned to believe that our normal lives, by comparison, are mundane.
Through this distorted view, we automatically and repeatedly create a sense of lack for ourselves, because we’re afraid of running out of those things we think we really have a need for an exciting, fun life. We end up creating addictions to those things we think we need to survive.
We waste our energy, our vitality, and our years, wishing and waiting for that great, future moment, when we win the lottery, get that partnership, buy that new house, receive that proposal, win that vote, buy that car. Then, when we don’t get it, we exhaust ourselves trying another strategy or hoping for a miracle that gets us out of our disappointment, our sense of failure, our financial stress. Or, we take pills, drink wine, or cosmetically alter our faces or bodies to protect ourselves from job loss, chronic fatigue, aging, illness, depression, sleeplessness, loneliness, or fear of loss and failure.
- Did you realize that the sun rose this morning?
- Do you understand the miracle that the sun lights up the darkness every day for our entire planet?
- Can you even fathom how, with no effort, it rests on a perfect axis, not too close, not too far, but in perfect alignment, to sustain all living things?
- The mysterious and glorious moon rises every night for each one of us, controls our tides and our seasons, and highlights millions of stars we gaze at and wish upon.
- We didn’t get out of bed this morning and fall off the edge of the planet.
- We get to live one more day today!
Did you know that by all laws of physics the bumblebee should not be able to fly? An engineering study on the aerodynamics of the bumblebee’s wings determined that their size cannot promote or sustain flight. Yet they fly.
Were you aware that mothers can detect their baby’s unique scent out of a batch of newborns? Do you realize that a baby can recognize the smell and voice of its mother immediately from birth?
In all the billions of snowflakes that have ever fallen anywhere, there are no two that are exactly the same. Do you know that snowflakes always have six sides? Do you ever wonder why? Did you realize that the human fingerprint also has six sides?
Most regions of the world have four seasons, perfectly timed to foster growth of the new and death of the old. In a natural order, they never change, and they’re never late. They just are.
Here is a small test to help you find the miracles in your life today:
Take some deep breaths and close your eyes. Take an honest evaluation of your life.
Write as many things as you can think of that you can’t wait to get through or finished with.
Now, write the things you look forward to.
Next, make a list of things you take for granted, though you may not understand that happen naturally in the world. You can use the examples mentioned about, and you can add your own.
Then, think of and note a recent or distant memory of when you witnessed one of those. You may call it a coincidence, a lucky occurrence, a random event, a blessing, or maybe a miracle.
Last, think about the ways you might make slight changes in your day, week, month, year, and life that can allow you to insert some time for noticing, witnessing, watching, wondering, observing, and appreciating more of those.
- Instead of waiting for a miracle, look around.
- Instead of seeking scientific proof, gaze at the miracle of life.
- Spend some time marveling at our miraculous internal body systems and how they run automatically and independently and efficiently.
- Try to grasp the human ability to expand on all that is, our endless opportunities, unlimited chances and surprises that come in each moment.
- When you stop racing through your day to pause and ponder the abundance and infinity of miracles happening inside of YOU and in this life in every moment, you will be a witness to even more blessings and miracles.
- Don’t wait until Happy Hour to allow your happiness in.
- Don’t wait for a party to celebrate life. Stop waiting for the weekend to search for some magic.
- Never again put off noticing the beauty of the forest and streams until the next vacation.
- You need not retire to set out on a journey of this amazing world.
- This is it, right here, right now. Your miracles are right in front of you, waiting for you to see them.
Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.
— Wayne Dyer