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!
Treat yourself to a beautiful song by clicking here: Ordinary Miracles
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.