Miracles Abound … Maybe


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

 Albert Einstein 

For someone who could not keep their hair combed, Einstein was surprisingly thoughtful.  However, I plan to challenge this world-renowned genius a bit here.

Einstein gives us a stark choice between blind optimism and a sort of fatalism.   

We live and die … wow!

We live and die … so what?

Well, we know that life is not quite so neat as to divide neatly into one pile or the other.   It’s a mash-up of events, emotions, people, and stuff.

Do miracles exist?   

Absolutely and I have the pictures of my children and grandchildren to prove it.

Is all life a miracle?

No, much of life is tedious, painful, and repetitive.  Growing up on a farm taught me that.

Nothing really new here – we always seem to struggle with our sunny optimism against the magnetic draw of somber pessimism.

Believing everything is one way or another holds you hostage to one reality … I think life has more to offer us than one narrow viewpoint.

Frankly, I do not trust those who are unrelentingly optimistic – they seem to work just a little too hard sometimes to find that silver lining and they often use magical thinking to explain how everything is really okay.

Sonny: “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not the end.”

Share this quote from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I admire such pluck … but I don’t always buy it.

In the United States, we just marked another anniversary of a day which is seared into our national consciousness as deeply as a scar.   Opinions vary widely about the significance of this date and the events which it represents.   By most accounts, miracles occurred that day.  However, those miracles happened against a background of pure terror and painful loss.

I believe we live life, not as Einstein proposed, but as a series of experiences … some  good, some bad, and some which do not merit comment or remembrance.

We can enjoy the mundane and the tedious without marking them as miracles.

So where do you fall on the spectrum?  

Chilling out and enjoying life without making a big deal in the Heartland ….

John

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