Appreciate the Everyday Miracles

We spend a lot of time focusing on the grand. Impressed by big gestures and accomplishments. And when we talk about miracles, it’s to describe something extraordinary. Not of the everyday.

I just read a quote by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sachs that pushed me into a different perspective. He says: “A miracle is not necessarily something that suspends natural law. It is, rather, an event for which there may be a natural explanation, but which-happening when, where and how it did-evokes wonder, such that even the most hardened scepter senses God has intervened in history”.

All religions discuss miracles. The Jewish faith discusses the cutting of the sea. The Christian faith believes in the resurrection of Jesus. Whatever the story, they urge us to ponder the improbable, the things for which science or human logic have no explanation. And to then consider divine intervention. To put our faith in something greater and larger than our own existence.

But what if, like Rabbi Sachs says, we gave a nod to seemingly ordinary, everyday events? And understood scientifically proven, but wonder-evoking things as miracles? Perhaps then, miracles will be less an intellectual vs spiritual debate, and rather, an opportunity simply for more peace. To live more harmoniously in a culturally and philosophically diverse world.

I believe the greatest miracles are those that won’t make the front page news or trend on social media. But when we take the time to sit in appreciation for, they are the things that most inspire and delight us.

Unexpected generosity. Forgiveness. A shared laugh. Healing from the loss of a loved one or your own trauma. The birth of a child. The gift of breathing, walking, seeing hearing, etc. These are all miracles. Regardless of what religion, if any, you choose to follow or believe in. They are things that make us uniquely human. They are the things that humble and encourage us to live with gratitude. That bring us stability. Yet often, myself included, not given the miracle status they deserve.

When we think that only the BIG accomplishments in ourselves and others deserve recognition, we fail to recognize all of these seemingly small wonders as that which connect us. That demonstrate our similarities. Parents from different religious, ethnic, or political backgrounds may have few coinciding beliefs, but they both experience the overwhelming surge of love and devotion from the birth of a child.

This week, let’s spend time appreciating the small but significant stuff. Pay attention to the smiles and acts of kindness you receive. Pay attention to the joy you bring others through the smiles you give, the acts of kindness you give. However small. These are daily miracles. And when we appreciate them as such, may we be compelled to treat ourselves and others with further kindness and gratitude.

Accountability, Community, Unconditional Love.

-Asher Gottesman, CEO & Founder of Transcend Recovery Community