Friday, October 21, 2011

Everything is a Miracle...

I have just come home after a long power-walk with a good friend. Took Heidi the Wonder Dog with us this time, I think perhaps she might forgive me in about 3 days after she wakes up, poor thing is exhausted!

Today is one of those picture perfect days, clear sky, gentle breeze just enough to make the heat of the sun make you feel awake and alive.

We are lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, and when we go for our walks we try to appreciate the beauty around us rather than just powering along without giving even a passing thought to our surroundings.

This is where we walked today.

While we were walking I lost count of how many people we passed, so absorbed by the "exercise" aspect of what they were doing, with iPod speakers plugged into their ears, and focussed only on what was directly in front of them, that they were not only blocking out the stunning landscape but also the sound of the ocean, the birds and life going on around them.

These people would have had NO idea whatsoever that there were whales frolicking just off the coast!

So, it got me thinking.

We spend so much time focussed on our immediate environment, on what's happening with our kids, with school, extra curricular activities, will we be late here, will we be able to afford this - so much STUFF - and throw in managing a chronic medical condition - and we forget to stop and smell the roses.

Perhaps this quote from Albert Einstein sums it up more eloquently:

"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."
- Albert Einstein

You know, he's absolutely right.

No matter what crap we have to deal with, every single morning that we wake up is a miracle.

I think all of us need to remind ourselves of that every once in a while.

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