Monday, March 19, 2012
Small Things Are Miraculous
I was asked to participate in a gathered thoughts writing prompt link up for LoveFeastTable. They have a Gathered Thoughts wooden box with 365 pieces of thick paper with thought provoking words. I got to choose a writing prompt and I went with:
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on Earth. Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child---our own two eyes. All is a miracle." Thich Nhat Hanh
For me, this was incredibly thought provoking. I tend to think that I need to do big things. That I have to be a super wife, and a super mom, and a super friend. Go big or go home sort of thing.
But since having Nora I have begun to delight in the small things. In the 2 years we've lived here, never before had I walked the 10 blocks to get coffee, except a few times on a market day with G. In choosing to walk up there several times a week, I've seen so much beauty. The tulip tree that is wide and blooming. The tiny crocus that peeked out early in February thanks to a warm year. The sidewalk chalk drawings of children in the neighborhood. And the wind! Nora loves to have a gentle wind blowing on her face. She leans into it, closes her eyes and smiles.
Life is a miracle. The small things are tiny pieces of a puzzle that turns into a beautiful life. Pause. Enjoy them.