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There are so many in this world in Need. There are so many who go to bed hungry or have no bed at all; so many that thirst for clean water where there is none. So many who ache for healing where no medicine is present; and so many who long for the touch of a tender embrace or a friendly smile. There are so many reasons we might choose to hide our eyes because we simply cannot bear what we see around us and there are even more reasons to be outraged about the atrocities, inhumanities and exploitations that happen every day.
Yet, for each one of those reasons, there IS a Miracle waiting. For the hungry child, there is a person with bread. For the villages without fresh, clean water, there is a program awaiting donations to make wells possible. For the countless animals suffering in factory farms, puppy mills, dog-fighting rings, or starving on the streets, there is a Choice waiting to be made; a Change that is Possible that can and will create a Miracle for those lives.
It’s easy to talk about. It’s even easier to say “It’s horrible, but what can one person like me really do?” It’s simpler to shake the head and turn away, but What Light Shall Shine if not My Own? What Change Shall Alter if not the One I Initiate? What Miracle Shall Bless if not the one I Earnestly Seek, Live for, Love for, and work to Create?
Miracles Happen Every Day because Miracles are not typically earth-shattering, moon-shaking, lightning bolts from the sky. Miracles are a simple things. Things like sharing an old blanket with someone who is cold and, possibly, homeless. Buying an extra cup of coffee and handing it to the person who is lingering near the line, but who might not be in line because they haven’t the few odd coins needed to buy a cup for themselves. Miracles are smiles shared with a stranger; holding the door open for the frazzled mom carrying her crying child into the busy store; leaving a small note of appreciation on a co-worker’s desk to anonymously encourage them on a hard day.
Miracles only take a moment, but they can change lives and they invariably create in the Giver a sense of being Inexpressibly Satisfied, though possibly hungry for more. There are many miracles that go untold every day, but in this dark dark world, where the news is filled with hate and fear and anger, isn’t it time to share a Miracle or two? Isn’t it time to tell a Hallmark worthy story rather than rehashing the hate and fear mongering already going on? Better yet, isn’t it time to ~Be The Miracle~?
So here is my Challenge, my idea for positive Change. If you care for the ones who suffer, if you detest the violence around us as much as I do, are you able and ready to Take One Step Toward Love?
Very shortly I shall be launching a website called ~Be The Miracle~ where we can all make a change, share Hope, Give Easily, and Support Each Other for doing the same. I can launch this website alone and I can promote it alone, but I cannot make it Work and it will not make a difference without You. So here’s fair warning, I am now and will be later asking for your help.
~Be The Miracle ~ will be a blog about all the Good that is going on around us and many ways you and I can help. I want to share stories of good will, charity, Random Acts of Kindness, ideas for Making a Difference and links to other organizations that are doing Good round the world. So if you have a story to share, an Idea that will Inspire or know of an organization that is doing something worthwhile, PLEASE let me know, send me the story so I will have plenty to post when I open ~Be The Miracle~. This new blog will also need shares on Facebook, Tweets on Twitter, Reblogs and Reposts to get the news out. Even if that is all you do, you can and will make a difference and be part of the Miracle. I ask, NOT to forward my own cause, because it shall be entirely non-profit, but to ~Be The Miracle~ for someone, or potentially many someones, who need it.
Are you ready to be part of The Miracle?
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Being Grateful means, by Oxford’s definition, a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; having or showing the desire or reason to thank someone for giving pleasure or comfort. Being Grateful means you know you are indebted to someone for some action undertaken by them that benefited you in some manner and consciously acknowledging that appreciation. Gratitude can take unnumbered shapes and forms, from tickets to the hottest show in town to a brand new Porsche (theoretically speaking, of course), but often gratitude comes in gentler doses; a simple inclination of the head, a tearful, wordless hug, a handshake and poignant look into another’s eyes. Yet however it comes, it is one of the most important things we can ever do.
Expressing gratitude rewards; it builds bridges, it alleviates tensions, it sets a higher standard, but it also opens the doors and windows to blessings untold. It sets aside our baser, more selfish tendencies and allows us to be, if only for a few moments, the people we all wish we could be far more frequently. It makes princes out of paupers and, conversely, paupers out of princes; it is a leveler of scores and a righter of wrongs and no matter how it is expressed, if it is genuine, it is always significant.
Imagine, for a moment, that you are a laborer working at some menial job; cleaning bathrooms perhaps, collecting garbage, mopping floors somewhere. Every day you come in on time, do your job conscientiously and without complaint; you leave only when your task is done completely and correctly, but no one ever says a word to you. If you didn’t do this job, the resulting mess would be atrocious, yet people pass by you all the while you work, stepping to the far side of the hall or moving to the other side of the room rather than approaching you and no one, not even your boss, tells you that you are doing a good job.
Then one day, out of the blue, a complete stranger comes up to you and says Thank You. They tell you they truly appreciate your willingness to do a job that not many others would do and they even go so far as to shake your hand, although you are grimy and they are pressed and polished. It only takes a moment, then they go on their way, but their simple act changes everything. You hold your head higher, walk with a lighter step; you go home, tell those close to you what happened, share how good it made you feel and, regardless of the fact that no one, not even your boss, has ever told you how important you are, you value yourself much more highly.
When you go back to work, you feel so good, so essential, you begin taking on extra responsibilities without being asked; you work a few extra minutes each day tidying up or polishing something that has been neglected for months. You talk to people more willingly; you share a smile more easily; you begin noticing the things that others do, which go unspoken, and you take time to extend a token of appreciation to them. A small note of thanks for cleaning the windows so well or a bottle of water for the man cutting the grass outside in the summer heat, and as a result of all of this, you feel even better about yourself.
Not too long after this change occurs, your boss stops by unannounced to speak with you. He tells you that he has noticed what a great job you’ve been doing lately, how hard you have been working and how well you treat your coworkers and the company’s clientele. He explains that a new position has recently been created by management, one for which he feels you would be perfect, and asks if you would be interested in a promotion and a raise. Then he stands back and watches you smile.
And all because someone thanked you.
Yes, Gratitude is a miracle worker, and if we remember to be thankful for our blessings, big or small, trite or unique, miraculous or mundane, our appreciation invariably opens the floodgates and allows Heaven to send down Showers of Blessings beyond imagining.
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Every day, in every way,
Big and Small,
Special and Nondescript,
Magical and Mundane,
To the Young and the Old,
To those who Realize and those who do not,
For those who Believe
And For those who Aren’t sure,
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