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The Compleat Wetlander: Miracles Abound; Close to Home and All Around

I believe in miracles.  I believe that miracles come in many sizes.  Some are easy to spot.  Others are hidden from all but the most observant.

One small example:

Recently I discovered both my cell phone and my zen (an i-pod like device) were missing.  We searched everywhere but finally concluded they were lost while running.  I had a faint memory of taking a hard fall (not an unusual event) so I decided to retrace my steps.  I found them both, one on each side of the trail where I had fallen.

Apparently when I fell, they fell out of opposite pockets of my running jacket.  I’ve been running in this particular jacket for over a decade covering hundreds of miles, falling dozens of times and never losing a single item out of either pocket.  I can’t imagine the odds or the physics involved.  A miracle?

This wasn’t the first time I’ve lost something.  When we moved to Maine several years ago I managed to drop my wallet in the parking lot of a shopping plaza.  I didn’t notice it was gone until the next day.  Because we were new, there was no information in the wallet about how to contact the owner.  Panicked and desperate I went into the store closest to where I’d lost it.

It was in their safe.

I learned from the salesman that an elderly couple found it in the parking lot, carried it inside, and insisted on having it locked in the safe in anticipation of my search.  That’s a miracle!

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary a miracle is:

1)  an extraordinary EVENT manifesting divine intervention in human affairs

2)  an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment

I’m pretty sure the events that led to the loss and recovery of my wallet falls under the second definition.  I’d like to posit that these kinds of ‘miracles’ happen all the time, that individuals make the miraculous possible.

This has been a hard year for many people economically.  On the political front debates have too often been bitter and acrimonious.  There have been wars and floods and disease.  Living teaches us that bad things happen.  That’s a given.  It’s what we do about it that’s important.  People who create miracles have one common characteristic.  They understand the importance of  ‘being’ versus ‘having.’

•  A “being” person thrives on experiencing and being more present, alive, attentive,
skilled, creative, relational, centered, responsible, passionate, perceptive,
communicative, kind, loving, etc.

•  A “having” person thrives on producing and having more things, clothing,
property, security, comforts, money, power, fame, status, certifications,
vaccinations, vacations, ideas, options, etc.

Most of us are some combination of ‘being’ and ‘having’ and that may remain stable or it can change throughout life.

During the holidays stories show up in the news about people doing good things i.e. ‘being’.   In reality these miracles of kindness don’t just happen in December.  They occur all the time.

It would take a long time to list all the acts of generosity and kindness I’ve witnessed in the past year.  But I think that’s what I’ll do.  I am going to start a list today of all the good things I’ve witnessed in 2010.  I’ll keep adding to it and when I get to New Year’s Eve, I’m going to read it and make my New Year’s resolutions.  Maybe I’ll be able to contribute to a few miracles myself in 2011.

Please join me!

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