Miracles everywhere

Raindrop of tip of grass with leaf in background

“Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The pressures and challenges of daily life (not to mention the times of grief and brokenness) can dull our senses so that we only see life’s hard places, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are surrounded every moment by miracles and wonders that we’ve ceased to notice. Remembering to look for these miracles and treasure them can make even the hard places easier to handle.

Miserable or strong

Man with head down and arms across cheststanding in front of blackboard with muscled arms drawn in a power pose behind him

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castenada

The amount of work is the same, and it involves all those little choices we make about how we perceive things, the stories we tell ourselves, the thoughts we choose to entertain, and the ways we decide to respond. Those little choices add up to making ourselves either miserable or strong. Which one are you choosing?

The startling nature of life

baby mountain goat standing on stone wall looking at viewer with head cocked to one side

“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.” ~Emily Dickinson

I love that this quote comes from a letter written by a woman who spent much of her life in a single room of her house. And she found that life itself was so startling that it took up her whole focus.

How often do we in our busy world pay enough attention to being alive that we even see just how startling it is to live? How many of us live that life fully enough to see it for the wonder that it is?

I wish you moments of pure aliveness this week to re-discover just how startling and amazing it is to be alive!



The importance of the frame

white frame stuck on an ivy-covered tree

“It’s funny how the beauty of art has so much more to do with the frame than the artwork itself.” ~Chuck Palahunuik

As with art, so with life.

The frame we choose for the events, situations, and circumstances of our lives makes all the difference in the world in how we see and experience our lives, but all too often we choose our frames unconsciously, which doesn’t always produce the most helpful choices.

Making the choice of our frames more conscious changes our experience, our choices, and our lives. If you’re ready to take that leap, learn more about doing this in Choose your frame, change your experience!

Making gratitude easy

small child sitting in autumn leaves holding a leaf and looking closely at it

Gratitude comes easily when you see the world through the wondering eyes of a child who has not yet learned to take it for granted.

As I’ve engaged in my daily gratitude practice with the postings at Earthwear Collection, I’ve realized how many of the things that I am grateful for stem from re-seeing the world afresh. Our world is filled with so many wonders that bring so much awe, delight, and gratitude when I just stop taking them for granted long enough to really see them once again.

When I return to that fresh, wondering gaze of a child looking upon a new world, gratitude flows so easily for all of the little things that I have gotten so used to overlooking. That simple shift is available to me every moment of every day, and it not only makes gratitude easy, it completely changes my world!