|Lainey Piland photo|
After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
So often we're preoccupied or overwhelmed with the things that are going right or wrong in our lives. We become so inwardly focused that our eyes are blind to those 'miracles' in the world all around us - the very sights that have the ability to pull our gaze outward and help us to realize that yes, there are other things happening in this great big world aside from our immediate personal concerns. Consciously tuning in to these wonders and expanding your gaze beyond your daily routine, worries, and immediate to-do list often has the happy result of scaling any trivial preoccupations to their proper size in the grand scheme of things.
These 'miracles' truly are present all around us. Take a moment to soak in the rare January sunlight which left the fiery surface of the sun eight minutes ago, traveled across 93 million miles of space, and just now arrived on Earth. Consider the trees around you and their remarkable ability to use sunlight to produce their own food and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. Wonder whether that errant rock on the sidewalk was forged in the molten belly of a volcano or ground off a distant mountainside by a long-gone glacier. Listen as the birds zipping around outside chatter back and forth to one another in their own language as clear to them as human conversation is to ourselves.
And here's yet another miracle (or perhaps a sign of climate change or just a very confused tree) - a hiker recently reported seeing a blooming cherry tree in a local preserve! Yep... in January.
Whether plant or animal, cosmic or terrestrial, typical or anomalous, there are plenty of things in nature to remind us that life is already full of miracles.