Ordinary Miracles

Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying that “there are only two ways to live your life: as if nothing is a miracle and as if everything is a miracle”.

I'm sure there is plenty of middle ground between cynicism and mysticism, but if you tend toward one end or the other, it probably characterizes the way you view life. Richard Rohr is fond of saying "How you do your NOW is how you do your life."

As I stand waiting for the always hot water to pass through a cup of coffee grounds into a K-cup, I look at our kitchen window bird feeder and see two finches deftly cracking open safflower seeds to reveal the edible portion. Ordinary.

A nurse works a 12-hour shift, comes home, thanks the masked babysitter, feeds and bathes the kids, reads a bedtime story, watches the news, falls asleep and it's time for work again. Ordinary.

On our nightly walk, we watch the moon's halo increase with breathtaking color. Ordinary.

A teacher spends one day driving by her students' homes- with a honk of the horn and a sign that says, "I'm so proud of you." Ordinary.

A bald eagle flies from a neighbor's pine tree across the lake and out of sight. Ordinary.

Two old friends reunite... online. Neither has used Zoom before nor cried as much in years. Ordinary.

Extraordinary. As they say, it is the little "extra" that makes it so!

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Change can come on tiptoe
Love is where it starts
It resides, often hides
Deep within our hearts
And just as
Pebbles make a mountain,
Raindrops make a sea,
One day at a time
Change begins with you and me,
Ordinary miracles
Happen all around,
Just by giving and receiving
Comes belonging and believing,
Every sun that rises
Never rose before,
Each new day leads the way
Through a different door,
And we can all be quiet heroes
Living quiet days,
Walking through the world
Changing it in quiet ways,
Ordinary miracles
Like candles in the dark,
Each and every one of us
Lights a spark,
And the walls can tumble
And the mountains can move,
The winds and the tide can turn,
Yes, ordinary miracles
One for every star,
No lightning bolt or clap or thunder
Only joy and quiet wonder,
Endless possibilities
Right before our eyes,
Oh, see the way a miracle multiples,
Now hope can spring eternally
Plant it and it grows,
Love is all that's necessary
Lovin', its extraordinary way
Makes ordinary miracles every blessed day.