Songwriter Peter Mayer writes — “So, the challenging thing becomes, not to look for miracles, but finding where there isn’t one.”
You may think that’s an overstatement. Most people think of miracles as things that happened in Biblical times. Because we don’t take the time to go through the world around us. And, for reasons uknown, when given an option we look at life in a negative rather than positive light.
We all proceed through challenging times. If we didn’t, there wouldn’t be much point out life. In the event that you seize the moment, the greatest lessons come from the biggest challenges. My reaction to hard times is always to always give gratitude for what I have, where the choice is always to complain about what I don’t have. In really a difficult stretch, it becomes harder to find things to have gratitude for.
I often wind up feeling grateful for these especially hard times. You realize how several things you simply take for granted during the occasions if you have to dig deep to find something to be grateful for. In the event that you sit quietly for a moment and just observe the world around you, it doesn’t take long to realize that nearly everything’s a miracle.
Or, if you’re like me and you have a 4 year old, you get daily reminders of the fact everything’s a miracle. The sole answer I have for many of her constant questions lately is “it is a miracle.”
I scraped my knee and she wants to learn how your system heals itself. It is a miracle. We planted tiny little ugly brown seeds in an egg carton this spring a course in miracles. How do they grow in to the beautiful flowers pictured on the seed package? It is a miracle. Why does sunlight set? Miracle. Why does it snow in the spring? Miracle. Why does my 9 month old cry when I leave the area? Another miracle.
Obviously you will find complex scientific explanations for these types of things. That doesn’t make sure they are any less of a miracle.
With huge numbers of people on the planet, how can we meet with the love of our life? How do we find a friend that knows exactly what to express at just the right time? How are we able to go on following the death of a parent, or even worse, a child? Just how can your dog enable a blind man to live like he were sighted? Why does chocolate taste SO good?
Well, I really could carry on, but hopefully you get the point. Because a lot of people don’t have the point. And if you’re not “into” self improvement and personal growth, you might never stop long enough to realize the point. Life is so full and so challenging and so hectic, that it’s frighteningly an easy task to miss the fact miracles are everywhere and in everything.
It matters the way you see the world and it matters the way you tell the story. This is the key to self improvement without changing anything apart from your perception of the world. Just open your eyes around the miracles around you.
When someone asked me how my day was, like, I really 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 genuine struggle.
Or I really could inform them how much fun we had staying up late the night before roasting marshmallows within the fire, and how my daughter sang an attractive rendition of twinkle, twinkle little star to my baby that morning to keep him from being fussy. And I really could laugh about how exactly my 2 year old ran at home within my high heels that morning as I tried to chase him down and get his shoes on him. And I really could share how much fun my daughter had at school stomping in the mud puddles and locating the post-rain worms wriggling on the sidewalk. I really could marvel at the rainbow.
It’s around me. I can’t control my kids’moods. I can’t control the weather. But I actually do control how I view the world. And how I tell the story, even if and then myself in my head. I will view life as a struggle or as a miracle.
Why does it matter? The short answer is that the main goal of self improvement will be happy. And being happy just for the sake to be happy is a great thing. Nonetheless it goes deeper than that. Seeing the world as magic is important to your online business success. I’ll share why within my next article.