Who among us hasn’t dreamed of being extraordinary? To be noticed. To do things no one else is doing or go beyond what has been done before. You’ve probably never verbalized you want to “Be the Miracle”. But we all have high hopes for doing something incredible.
This can be both rewarding and disappointing. Exhausting and exhilarating. It is interesting to recognize that many of the greatest people didn’t actually set out to be great. They focused on the thing that set their soul on fire and the world benefitted in a significant way. Success and happiness are internal.
That’s the rub – our minds play games with us constantly. Telling us we’re less than enough. Or more than someone else.
The reality about you and I – we’re already extraordinary. Miraculous. Just as we are. If you don’t believe me, look at this:
This little guy hasn’t done much besides sleep and eat since he arrived two weeks ago. But he has brought unspeakable joy to dozens of people already. Simply through his presence.
Being an eyewitness to one of life’s grandest wonders – birth – had a profound impact on me. There are 15,000 babies born in the world every single hour of every day. So statistically, the arrival of another one isn’t news. But every single baby is a miracle. (Especially when it’s your grandchild.) I laughed and cried in the sheer joy and power of this sacred event, feeling for days like a kite on a perfect day for soaring.
Life is filled simultaneously with poignant sweetness, beauty, and soul-rending tragedies. Hurricanes and fires are swirled in with moments of joy, babies, and Beethoven. What if we could live in such a way that our eyes are opened to the miraculous moments embedded in our lives every day? If you dare to think that’s unrealistic, you haven’t spent time with a young child recently. They are experts at seeing the world through eyes of wonder.
I am all about the power of vision, goals and the necessity of discipline to execute measurable progress in our lives. However, we can become so performance-oriented we lose something vital.
There’s no doubt that the world we live in is a blistering mess. That’s exactly why we need to hold fast to hope and joy. Life is actually a series of tiny little miracles. We can become so busy we miss them. I have a powerful book by Regina Brett called, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible. Being the miracle doesn’t necessarily mean tackling problems across the globe. It doesn’t mean doing things no one else is doing or surpassing what has been done before. It means making a difference, believing change is possible. It starts in your own living room, cubicle, neighborhood, or organization. Be the miracle. Start today.
Note: Sometimes experiencing the miraculous requires a bit of spontaneity. If you haven’t considered registering for Elevation 2017 – you should. It will be a day of miracles. Oct. 28, 2017 will be a defining day for those who come.