Albert Einstein is credited for saying, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I wonder how many of us have fallen into the former category, missing the miracles around us each day. We are too busy, stressed, overwhelmed, distracted, living life at 200 mph, and the miracle moments of our days go by in such a blur that we don't even see them. Imagine how different we would be – how grateful and joyful – if we stopped to capture those miracle moments.
If we collected them all throughout our children's childhood, what an amazing bank of memories we would have. If we gathered them throughout our marriage, what a strong bond we would create. If we captured miracle moments every day, with the intention that a child collects dandelions from the yard, what a beautiful life we would live.
I'm ready to live more fully. I'm ready to capture my miracle moments. If you'd like to join me, here are some ideas to get us started on our journey.
Start the day with intention.
We need to set our focus anew each and every morning before we start our day. Begin with a verbal affirmation. “My miracle awaits.” Repeat this mantra as often as needed throughout the day. Visual reminders are helpful, so put them wherever you frequently go. To live life with your eyes and heart open, we have to change our daily habits. Intention, mantras, and reminders help us stay focused on our new goal.
Notice the miracles you encounter.
The little one who comes to your bed for a cuddle is a miracle. The morning sun shining in your window is a miracle. The friend who offers you an encouraging word is a miracle. If we really look, we will notice that we encounter many miracles in our ordinary days, and noticing will cultivate gratitude. The gratitude and the miracle capturing, they enforce one another.
Keep a record.
Once you notice it, capture it. I'm a journal keeper, but maybe you'll choose a miracle jar or photography. In whatever way you choose, keep a record of your miracle moments.
I wear this reminder every day. It helps me to keep my eyes open for miracles that await me each day. You can get yours here. I don't have many of them left!