Two ways to live your life …

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as if everything is.”   …   Albert Einstein

Every day brings new opportunities.  The sun rises and if we’re alive, we rise right along with it.  And it doesn’t matter whether or not we’re anticipating that THIS day will be fantastic or even if it is, our attitude about the events that we walk through determines our ultimate emotional outcome for the day.

I have a magnet on my fridge that says: “Your attitude is the first thing that everyone notices about you.”  Imagine that!  It is your attitude towards life… not your clothing, nor your fancy shoes, not your haircut, or lack thereof, nor is it the car you drive or the job description that you carry with you; the first, middle and last thing that EVERYONE is going to notice about you is your attitude.  Your sunny optimistic outlook will be reflected out to the world through your smile, your eyes and the bounce in your step.  Likewise your conviction that EVERYONE is out to get you, that life sucks and that if something bad is going to happen it will happen to you is equally reflected in your dour expression, your discouraged and discouraging words and your lagging steps.

We all know people who truly believe that life is hard – no matter how good it is. For them, not only is nothing a miracle but they truly believe that life is full of nothing but hardship and woe and they seem to feel compelled to share their discouraged point of view with all and sundry around them.  Ever notice how after one of their “sharing sessions” life seems just that little bit darker? I have discovered, as have many others in the motivational field that negative thoughts and beliefs are like a winter cold – they are an airborne contagion – in other words – they spread by word of mouth.  And just as with colds and flu’s the best preventative medicine is to stay as far away from said “viruses” as possible.  I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a little water-cooler common sense to reassert itself.

These days fear and negativity seem to be hitting pandemic proportions!  Now I’m not saying that challenging things never happen: I have walked my share of extremely challenging paths these last five years, and I would be the last person to say that recent events in the world haven’t punched my “scary, scary place” button, however, I believe that it is HOW we handle the “scary” places and events in our lives that defines who we are and who we will become.  Life is all about how you handle “Plan B”, “Plan C” and even “Plan Z”!  If all I look for are the challenges in life then all that I will see are the challenges in life!  However, if as I proceed I recognise the challenges, keep an eye on the possibilities, plan for the worst, intend the best and hold fast to the belief that MY life works well and that said challenges are simply bumps in the road over which I pass on my way to a bright future, then I inevitably find that life is full of miracles.

I annoy the neighbours with my bumper sticker that reads: “What can go right will go right.  Expect a miracle.”  I find that, for me, that approach to life beats the heck out of the Murphy’s Law way of thinking.  I guess it’s just a matter of perspective and preference.  I perceive that the Universe wants me to be happy and successful and I prefer to watch for and welcome into my life signs and symptoms of said success.  Life seldom disappoints me! Like me Einstein  never lost his awe and wonder of how the Universe worked its magic in life.  The more he uncovered, the more he believed in that “something more”.  It is fascinating to me that rather than utilizing science as a tool to deny the presence of something greater he saw all of his great discoveries as merely touching on the tip of a celestial sized iceberg.  For Einstein life was genuinely full of miracles.

This week why not welcome a little miracle or two into your own life.  They don’t have to be huge, sea-parting sized miracles; some of the best ones are the everyday variety.  Sarah McLaughlin sings a song called “Ordinary Miracles”.  Every time that I hear it, it reminds me of my everyday blessings – those miracles disguised as synchronistic events.  This week do your best to be aware of some of the ones that walk, stroll or sashay into YOUR life … after all “there are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as if everything is.”

Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone


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1 Response to Two ways to live your life …

  1. John Hazen says:

    What a great way to start the week. Thank you for writing this.

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