A Miracle A Day
We all hope for miracles at one time or another; the perfect job, the perfect mate, healing the ills of someone we love. Yet every day is a miracle, and too often, we fail to recognize the small but significant wonders. One of my most cherished wonders is my cats’ purrs. Each one is as unique as their personalities, and I can recognize them in the dark.
My sweet girl, Munchkin was diagnosed with cancer on December 4th. By the time I got the diagnosis, I hadn’t heard her purr for four days. So to wake up on the morning of December 13th to her jumping into my spot on the bed when I got up to use the bathroom, then proceed to give me a serenade in her full, loud, rumbly, voice was nothing short of a miracle on the grandest of scales. With all she was already going through, I thought the purr was gone forever. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong in my entire life.
Her purr reminded me the world is full of possibilities. Just because we fall on our faces one day doesn’t mean we can’t soar into the stratosphere the next. Just because we have to accept a cancer diagnosis as ultimately terminal in our pets most of the time, doesn’t mean there are other areas in our lives where we’ll be seeing doors open and efforts rewarded at some point in the near future. No matter what happens, no matter how many curve balls we’re thrown we can’t stop believing. If we do, we’ll miss the miracles which present themselves to us with each sunrise, with each new child born, with each step we take towards our goals and dreams.
Loosening Our Grip on Outcomes
Yet it’s easy to lose sight of our dreams in all the things that aren’t going right in our lives, or at least right as we see it. Too often, we set rigid expectations. When they’re not met, we see it as a failure instead of looking at what happened instead. Many times, the reality exceeds our expectations, but we’re too busy bemoaning the might-have-beens to recognize the Universe improved on our wishes and dreams and gave us something far better than we imagined.
I’m a firm believer in the Laws of Attraction. I know I have to set a top-level expectation, then open my heart and mind to the bread crumbs that will lead me to my next task; my next step towards achieving my dreams. Too many people set large expectations, but also define how, when, and why they want to get there. Then they’re disappointed when things don’t happen according to the script.
I’ve learned the fastest way to my dreams is to leave myself open to possibilities, side roads, and even plot twists. The path we take through life is seldom straight. It’s almost never a fast-moving, six-lane highway. More often than not, it’s a back road that winds its way around mountains, lakes, streams, and potholes. There are so many switchbacks we may, at times think we’re wandering around in circles, hopelessly lost.
The Long Way Around Might Be The Most Direct Route
In my experience, the side roads and switchbacks are where the true magic happens. We stumble upon something or someone unexpected which takes us on a journey of wonder and new experiences. We have our mettle tested and learn we’re capable of far more than we realized, even if we have to fall on our face to see we can, and will get up and move on.
Years ago, a wrong turn in Yosemite took us into a cloud of Monarch butterflies. The joy of standing still and feeling the beat of thousands of delicate wings is an experiences I’ll always cherish and never forget. Nor will I lose the image of the deer standing mere feet away in a grassy field, as curious about us as we were about her.
It doesn’t have to be something out of the ordinary though. There is wonder in each and ever minute we live; every breath we take. We have to stop focusing on what we think we need to do in the future and pay attention to what’s right in front of us in the current moment. When I think about how much I’ve missed by being anywhere but right here, I can’t help but wonder if things would have been different had I noticed.
Remembering to Stay in the Moment
But even that takes me out of this wonderful, precious moment. Besides, I can’t change what’s already happened. I can only live each moment I have, giving it my full attention.
It isn’t easy to stop ourselves from making lists in our head or planning out what we’re going to do later today, tomorrow, next week, or next month. It takes a determined effort to stay in the moment and not be distracted. The rewards when we do, though, are incredible.
Like many, I’m often distracted while driving, thinking about where I’m going, what I need to do, or any number of non-driving related topics. But when I draw my attention back to the road and to arriving at my destination safely, I start noticing things. Maybe it’s an especially beautiful tree, or a shape in the clouds, or the clear, blue sky embracing a snow-topped mountain. The what is not as important as just noticing these things. How often do we drive for miles never seeing what’s around us? What are we missing in our blind oblivion?
Staying Present and Living the Miracles
If you ask me, we’re missing miracles happening every minute. We’re missing all the little things that might bring us joy if we’d only drag our attention away from the past and future so we can see what’s right before our eyes.
I beat myself up for not being where I want to be with my business, financially, socially, physically. Like many, I lose sight of the fact that I need to put one foot in front of the other in order to achieve any or all of my goals. While I’m focusing on where I’m not, I’m making no progress towards getting there.
Munchkin’s returning purr reminded me today of a few things. First, don’t give up. Maybe things look bleak right now, but keep walking. Eventually you’ll see sunshine, or maybe even a rainbow again. The only way we stop our own progress is by standing still. By focusing on anything except the present moment, the only moment we can control or change, we are, in effect, standing still.
I, for one, am tired of standing still, or worse, moving backwards. I’m going to find more effective ways to keep myself in the moment where the miracles happen.
My Grateful Heart
My gratitudes today are:
- I am grateful for all the little miracles in my life.
- I am grateful for reminders to stay in the moment.
- I am grateful for friendships which grow stronger every day.
- I am grateful for the life experiences I’ve had and will have.
- I am grateful for abundance; love, friendship, miracles, joy, challenges, lessons, peace, health, harmony, philanthropy, and prosperity.
Love and Light
About the Author
Sheri Conaway is a writer, blogger, ghostwriter, and advocate for cats. Sheri believes in the Laws , of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. Her mission is to Make Vulnerable Beautiful and help entrepreneurs touch the souls of their readers and clients so they can increase their impact and their income. If you’d like to have her write for you, please visit her Hire Me page for more information. You can also find her on Facebook Sheri Levenstein-Conaway Author or in her new group, Putting Your Whole Heart Forward;