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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Seize the Miracle

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Attributed to Albert Einstein

Yup. And I bet you can guess which end of that of that continuum this guy is on.

Now, "miracle" is a sticky word. It might mean a suspension of natural laws, proving the existence of a supernatural being.

Or it might be used to describe the subject of the latest infomercial.

What I mean by "miracle" is something that takes the breath away, something simple and profound, something that forces me to realize that the world is much more amazing than I can usually bear to think about.

What was that last bit again? I mean, if we spent all of our time giving the world its due, we'd probably just stand around awestruck all the time.

Still, a couple of times a day, it's good to stop and be, as my British friends say, "gobsmacked."

Item: Birth. The birth of anything, from the avocado tree coming out of the pit your kid suspended on toothpicks in a jar of water, to the newborn baby. Even weeds are amazing in their ability to germinate.

Item: Light. If you don't think so, get a prism.

Item: Flies. Yes, flies. Look at them closely sometime, how their little legs work and all. And can they maneuver? We haven't built anything that can fly like that, let alone that small.

Item: Learning. From "A is for Apple" to Hamlet in ten years.

So, like, wonder already. And add to this list.

You'll be happier.

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