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Posts Tagged “Miracles”

2013CEvery new year we are challenged to conger up resolutions aimed at making us stretch, grow, realize some longed for attribute or achieve some sought after goal.

Certainly, a new year sets the stage for reviewing life, examining values and charting new courses. But, of the estimated 100 million resolutions Americans often hastily make on New Year’s eve, statistics show that 80% of them don’t make it to the end of January.

Thus we might be tempted to follow English novelist Fanny Burney’s lead, “Far from having taken any positive step, I have not yet even formed any resolution.”

On the other hand, maybe our resolutions aren’t kept because we don’t arrive at them knowing what we really want.  What would truly make us happy.

Most of us can easily answer questions like – what new skills would I like to learn in the coming year? What bad habits would I like to eliminate? What would I most like to accomplish? What new place would I like to visit? But, things get a little murkier when we attempt to answer the question – what can I do in the coming year that will make me happy? Meaning, what do I really want out of life? Questions not so easily answered.

If we’re one of the many who has a hard time pinpointing our precise wants in life, we can begin to make choices in favor of the things we enjoy. We remove things that irritate us and add to our schedules ordinary pleasures that will refresh our days and show good self-respect. We dig to find out what excites or stretches us thus adding greater satisfaction to each day. We recognize that happiness is not only about earning, achieving, advancing.  That is often comes from life balance which includes multiple interests and plenty of planned good times.

In short, maybe the most worthwhile challenge is to determine what our own particular ‘happy’ is. Further,  if we spend the entire year determining what means a lot to us, what we’d really like to be doing, what really rings our chimes, it will be a year well-spent.

Perhaps we can all say “Happy New Year of No Resolutions” to that!

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“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is
written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
– C.S. Lewis

Miracles occur everyday.  Big ones.  Little ones.  Some noticed.  Most not.

How is it that we are daily surrounded by miracles yet few of us are transported by them?

Largely because miracles are incorrectly understood. Seen only as huge, burning bush occurences.  Those compelling changes and events that happen to others.  The blind seeing.  The lame walking.  The mute speaking.  These are the miracles we are mostly attuned to.

Which means we miss those of the endless and touching variety that occur daily for each of us.

Today we can begin to redefine miracles.  Find them accessible.  Happening in our own lives. We begin by noticing small but wonderful things. Coincidences.  The tiny enrichments that come from an unexpected greeting or word of praise.  A feeling – even if momentary – of being heard or appreciated.  Unexpected opportunity, connection or income. All new possibilities – big or small – that occur to us as we open ourselves to this new way of thinking.

We will sense and be filled with awakening. Wonder.  Curiosity.  Energy. All the result of relentlessly and fervently focusing on the belief that miracles are occurring all around us.  Even if we don’t yet see them. We firmly believe that are there.  Every single  second.  In myriad and unrecognized ways.

By simply focusing on belief, being on the lookout for miracles,  opening ourselves to them appearing unexpectedly and in sometimes ordinary ways, we will begin to feel uplifted. No matter what we see or don’t see.  Because we have begun the  journey of viewing life as miraculous. Which it most certainly is.

Simply being open to the idea of miracles will create an air of expectancy. Excitement  Optimism. We will feel uplifted every time we see the unusual, even the smallest thing because this may just be a miracle in the making.

Our cooperation will complete the act.

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