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It’s times like these you learn to live again

February 28, 2010

Just a couple of things:

  • Listen to: “Times Like These”-Foo Fighters which is this week’s title inspiring song
  • Thank you to those of you who have helped out in raising money for To Write Love on Her Arms. Next week, since it will be March(i know..crazy right?) I’ll change the charity. So this is your last week to help this cause. If you have some time click a little and help 🙂
  • I started a formspring account because I thought it would be an interesting idea.  I linked it to the side of the page. For those of you who do not know what formspring is…you basically get to pose questions to me anonymously and then check out my answer. If you have any questions for me personally or at all about absolutely anything..shoot.
  • As usual…I welcome/love comments. So comment away! (which you can still do even if you don’t have a wordpress account)

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”-C.S. Lewis

       Woohoo for the end of February. I can tell you this was not one of my finer months so I will not be sad at all to see it go so Happy Last Day to those of you in the same boat.

        The world never ceases to leave me in awe. Lately it seems like there has been so much unfortunate tragedy both on a global scale with Haiti, now Chile and almost Hawaii and even on a more individual level. In the wake of all this tragedy whether it affects you personally or not, you are forced to stop and think about things. The things you think about could be anything ranging from the decisions you make on an everyday basis to your larger life goals. 

         If we embrace the mantra that everything happens for a reason even though we may be blessed to not be directly affected by these tragedies, being alive during them is meant to teach you something.  A miracle is an interesting, breathtaking phenomena. It is not readily explainable by reason but a testament to life’s resiliency, chance and our individual strength.  It is what makes someone able to stay alive being trapped under rubble for days, what makes a person wake up from a coma and the other amazing feats we may not be witness to but hear of.

         C.S. Lewis’ message in this quote is a good one. He argues that those same miracles that leave us in awe are everywhere and all over the world, but often  take the label of a miracle to make us realize their presence. Take yourself as an example. What did you do today? You were able to get out of bed because you have muscles that are supple and healthy enough to let you do that. You were able to say hi to your friends and tell them that funny story because your healthy brain allowed you to recognize who they were and remember that story. You could eat that cookie (even though  you think you  absolutely should not have) because your digestive system is in tact enough to allow you to chew and digest it. You were able to breathe a sigh of relief after finishing that one task because your lungs inflate and deflate on their own. You feel and continue to be because your heart the size of your fist circulates all of the blood through your body through it at least 1,000 times a day.

       That is probably a lot to take in. Most of which you already knew. And it seems a little weird to hear that in fact I probably sound a little crazy. In the context of your life, you probably think “So what?…I have x,y and z to worry about right now. Sorry I don’t have time to contemplate the magnitude of human life.”. And there are probably a million little things that you have/or will focus your energy on today. You spilled your coffee, you are running late for something, you forgot about something, you wasted your time or maybe you made a mistake that you are paying for. Whatever the case might be and as bad as things might be right now, things could always be worse right? You could not even be able to enjoy your own food, you could be in so much pain that you couldn’t move, you could forget much bigger things like the face of someone you care about and you could make a mistake that cost you your life or someone else’s.

        As mediocre as things might be for you, you have to think it could always be worse.  We waste a lot of our energy everyday sweating the small stuff and thinking that our lives are just awful. When really as terrible as it might seem, you do have something to be thankful for i.e. your own personal little miracles of sorts. We forget about them and take them for granted until one day we don’t have them anymore.

       So take the time, everyday even if it is just for 5 seconds to close your eyes and think about 5 little miracles you do have to be thankful for. Make everyday a mini-Thanksgiving minus the copious amounts of food. Know that whatever is going on, you will find a way out and the tide will change in your favor.

That’s all for now. Live this week being conscious of your own mini-miracles. See you next Sunday!

❤ SQ

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2010 9:38 pm

    Sort of reminds me of a Walt Whitman quote- “And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery.” Thanks for writing this post. I agree with you so much, and I really try to be amazed by these things and not take them for granted.

    • February 28, 2010 10:01 pm

      that’s an interesting whitman quote
      i’m glad you liked the post. i love your blog too
      thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. March 1, 2010 5:13 pm

    i’m growing more and more addicted to your blog. thank you for this and all past & future posts! great food for thought…

    • March 1, 2010 8:18 pm

      aww thank you very much lemoyenrouge
      i really appreciate that
      i’m glad you like my blog 🙂

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