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.


  1. I love your quote...and that gentle reminder it is the day to day journey that's the miracle. Thank you for the simple reminder...and for linking up with us at the table.

  2. Love the idea that the small turns into a larger, beautiful piece!