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The Miraculous Mundane
This is about the small stuff.
Welcome to another day of the mundane. Welcome to another day of the ordinary. The mundane is the worldly; it is the material world that surrounds us, as well as all the worlds of circumstance and happenstance that comprise our lives. Although we may sometimes have an inkling that there is more to life than this, we tend to believe that it is quite separate from us, something beyond. But perhaps the world of the miraculous is not as far beyond, or quite as separate as we may think.
The mundane is often thought of as ordinary; it even sounds ordinary, The world of miracles, on the other hand, is thought of as the extraordinary, part of a higher reality. We usually do not see the ordinary as being a part of this higher reality. Yet if we take a closer look at this physical world, that we believe to be the mundane, it may not seem so ordinary.
The beauty found in nature and the mysteries of the physical universe can produce feelings of awe and wonder in us, when we take a moment to look. And there is much in our own lives that we respond to in more than ordinary ways. The arrival of a newborn, a personal achievement, or a loving relationship can bring joy and excitement into our worlds. The extraordinary always seems to be at hand and within reach. Perhaps it is built in, an only slightly hidden part of the reality that includes that which we call the mundane, and instead of being apart from, it may indeed be a part of this, our wonderful worldly world.
The Physical World
For those who study it, the realm of things like forces and fields, time and motion, can be the most extraordinary thing in existence. And the mathematics involved in successfully describing these things has a beauty of its own, often described as "elegance." It is difficult to find a more enthusiastic soul than one who endeavors to teach and bring these things to life, for those of us who do not study this realm, this wonderful layer of reality.
Much imagination and insight is involved in these endeavors, and as more things are discovered and uncovered in this world, mysteries remain. And that is part of the beauty.
Here we go, another day - different day, same old stuff; hope for the best, expect the worst, whatever - drudgery with a little boredom thrown in, one step forward, two steps back, and things like that. Although these things are often said in jest and fun, when we truly feel in these ways we may be blocking the miraculous, resisting the extraordinary. With a little faith and imagination, accepting the miraculous as a part our worlds, there is no reason to believe that miracles cannot also be a part of our every day lives. For some people this all comes naturally, but for the rest of us, we may need to remind ourselves that the extraordinary is always near. It wants to be a part of our day. It is knocking on our doors.
So here we go, another day - excitement and challenge will fill this day, using well whatever comes our way; expectations of wonder and beauty, have we. And we can create small miracles for ourselves and others when we let our love and kindness hit the fan on this new day, this new miraculous day. So here we go.
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
- Psalm 118:24
This is not about the creation of the world. It is about today, and in the way it was meant to be lived. Some of us may not always be in a rejoicing mood when that early morning alarm sounds at the beginning of our work day, but as we wake up and wonder what kind of day it is going to be, it would not be very difficult to wonder also what kind of miracles are coming our way and what kind of miracles we are going to create today. What are we going to do to help us smile, to help others smile. Who are we going to assist, lightening their loads. And lightening their loads, we lighten our own. We rise with enthusiasm; we rise without worry.
We live the day in the way it was intended. And we rejoice.
By being loving and caring, cheerful and kind, we create joy, and even on those days when we do not feel like it, we do it anyway, because cheerfulness and kindness are powerful tools that we can wield to brighten anyone's day, not least our own. They also possess a bit of a healing effect, making us all feel good. We recognize and gladly accept any cheer and kindness that may be directed towards us, increasing and expanding those good feelings. We turn frowns into smiles, and provide relief to small hurts. When we are doing these things, we are preforming small miracles. And thank god for small miracles.
And we thank God for small miracles, and we thank God for today.
"One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see."
- John 9;25
Miracles change things. Miracles turn negative situations into positive ones, and with simple acts we too can change things. With a kind word or a simple smile, we can make a difference in someone's day. Cheerful and sincere blessings can work wonders in the the way we and others feel right now. Simple acts not always being easy, we forgive as best we can those who have wronged us, and make amends with those we have difficulties with.
Yes, miracles change things. Being miraculous beings, living in an miraculous world, we too can change things. We can turn the dreariness of a cloudy day into a soothing quietness, boring can become meditative, and we can take the energy that it takes to be angry or stressed and use it to be creative and imaginative. And thus, we see. We see things in different ways, and we smile. And as we smile, we look around, seeing, perhaps a little more brightness in this ordinary day, the brightness in the smiles of others, and the brightness in any kind or encouraging word or action, getting a glimpse of the good that surrounds us, exposing some of that perfection of those higher powers, the perfection that is reality.
Gratitude is being thankful. We are pleased, and we smile some more. When we are truly thankful, we feel the joy of gratitude. With humility we accept any little miracle that comes our way and we acknowledge all the goodness we experience, and we see the kindness and good spirits of others, and we become empowered to open that door a little bit more, the door that stands between us and the world of the miraculous, letting in more of the light of the extraordinary. And we are happy to share this miraculous-ness through our kindness and our giving, keeping the flow going, being forever thankful for our ability to do so. We are thankful for every moment we spend in the light and warmth of the miraculous mundane.
The Miraculous Mundane
This is about the small stuff. There may have been times in our lives when we needed a major miracle and there was none to be found. There may also exist problems where it seems that only miracles can solve. The best we can do is to do our best to be kind and loving at all times, opening the door to all possibilities, keeping in mind the underlying perfection to reality, the reality of the perfection that exists in our everyday mundane world.
Yes, this is about the small stuff, and the small stuff is like taking small steps. Small steps forward can add up, and with the miraculous in mind, we see that any step forward can be quite powerful. With a little faith, and by looking at things just a bit differently, one step forward and two steps back can easily become two steps forward and one step back, then three steps forward and one step back, and so on. And whenever we see any little thing that is good, even if it just out of the corner of our eye, we stop and look..
And again we are thankful for every moment of contentment and well being that we experience. We continue to assist others regardless of our own situations, and we acknowledge any kindness that we may receive, remaining compassionate and patient, and as forgiving as we can be. We remain thankful at every step, while we uncover yet even more of the miraculous-ness of this wonderful world.
Welcome to another day of the mundane, the miraculous mundane.