The sun is shining, the sky is blue, my beloved Gabriel is at the kitchen window and my children are giggling as they feed him a bag of carrots.
I grab my camera and start snapping madly, hoping to capture the magic of the moment unfolding before me.
Gabriel has shoved his big black and grey head through the small window and his soft, furry lips are tickling up and down my youngest daughter’s arm as he searches for more tasty treats. She is squealing in delight and my older daughter is looking at the empty bag of carrots and tugging at my arm, “We fed him all the carrots, can I give him an apple now?”
Obviously she doesn’t want the fun to end and I completely understand why. This is magic.
I run my hand through her soft hair absentmindedly as I let the thoughts roll freely through my mind and relish in the joy that is coursing through me.
For all the hardship I have endured on this farm as a single mom, we have also had some incredible moments. Few people will ever experience this. I am truly blessed, I think to myself.
I shared a short version of this experience with a friend via text. This was his reply:
“Miracles are a part of everyone’s life every day. Most people are blinded by negativity, routine, dullness, hate, selfishness…You are one of the very blessed.”
What an interesting perspective. I had always thought that other people simply do not have the cool experiences that I do (I guess that’s kind of egocentric). The fresh perspective that my friend offered suggests that they do have those experiences, but they allow the negativity of their experiences to blind them to the miracles all around.
I love the idea that cool moments aren’t just moments, they are little miracles.
Water doesn’t have to be turned to wine for it to be considered a miracle. Giggling children and soft horse kisses are miracles too.
It’s all about our perspective and how we choose to view the world.
Happiness is not something we should have to work at. It’s not something we find in the arms of another person. It’s not a new car or a new pair of shoes (although I have to admit that it’s a pretty close second).
I have recognized for many years that I find almost every crazy thing that happens to me funny in some way: Flat tire? Sure it kinda sucks but it’s also really funny when you aren’t strong enough to get the bolts off the tire so you have to stand on the tire iron and jump up and down while holding onto the hood for dear life. My life has been a series of events that would make most people break down and cry; I usually laugh instead. I see adventure more often than hardship.
When I said as much to my friend, he replied, “It’s your heart. I know some people that go to self improvement classes constantly but still struggle. The few that have ‘it’ naturally are so lucky. The world needs more.”
Do I have a gift for seeing miracles rather than hardship?
I don’t think so. I believe that I see the funny rather than the hardship because it feels better. We are so inundated with stress and negativity that they have become natural to us. I am not different than everyone else. I simply choose to see the world in a different light.
I choose not to be a victim of circumstance, past or present. I choose not to let the stress of life diminish the little miracles.
You can too.
This week I challenge to open your eyes to the miracles all around you. When you feel stressed or find negative thoughts creeping into your head say:
I choose to see joy, miracles and laughter instead of this.
And then let it go. Really and truly let it go. Breathe out the negative and immediately look for a little miracle to shift your thoughts and feelings. Do you see a butterfly on a flower? Is there a child laughing somewhere? Maybe there’s a new baby smiling at his mother. Turn up your favorite song and sing or dance with all your heart.
Choose to let in the joy and release the negative because it does not serve you.
Choose to see little miracles.
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Editor: Catherine Monkman
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