The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable. -Storm Jameson
How can each minute be an “unrepeatable miracle”?
Isn’t that somehow cheapening the meaning of the word “miracle,” if we say that every minute that we live is a miracle? Aren’t miracles supposed to be the super-special moments or actions or occurrences that happen only once in a while, if ever? Well, that’s what we’ve been led to believe, anyway–that miracles are the exception rather than the rule, and that we can live our whole lives without seeing a “genuine” miracle.
This perspective, though, is a perspective that focuses on lack, on the poverty of our experiences, rather than on the riches of the world in which we live. Don’t we define things and experiences for ourselves? And if we do, doesn’t the way we see things depend on us?
Einstein said that there are two ways of seeing the world: one as if nothing were a miracle, and the other as if everything were a miracle.
In this minute, we’re alive. Our eyes and ears and hearts and lungs are functioning, all on their own. The computer’s working and pulling this information from a server hundreds or thousands of miles away from you, so that you can read it in the comfort of your own home, or at your workplace. Or perhaps it’s been sent by email to your inbox, and all you had to do was click on the subject line to read it. Your home or work is serviced by electrical lines that allow you to have light and heat and music and so much more. Right now, trees and plants are producing oxygen so that we can breathe and continue to survive.
The web of life continues, even in this very moment, and there are so many miraculous things going on right now that we’d be remiss in our duties as human beings not to recognize their miraculous nature and accept the fact that this particular moment is a miracle in our lives.
Questions to consider:
- What’s going on in your life at this moment that’s miraculous?
- How can we be sure that the way we see things (as miraculous or not) is the way things are, and not just the way we see them be?
- Do you know anyone who doesn’t see anything as a miracle?
How does their perspective affect you?
For further thought:
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand. . . and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late. -Marie Beynon Ray