Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 63 comments

 Feet on the Beach
Creative Commons License photo credit: Brian Auer

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes.  All is a miracle." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Marelisa September 20, 2009 at 2:15 am

Hi Lance: Saw your tweet and came over. Ah, my favorite Buddhist monk. This reminds me of the Einstein quote that states that you can live life in one of two ways: as if everything is a miracle or as if nothing is a miracle. I agree that if you take the moment to stop and really look around you, you would be left in complete and utter awe.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..24 Productivity Tips From the Best Productivity Blogs =-.

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Connie September 20, 2009 at 2:34 am

“What is most important is to find peace and to share it with others. To have peace, you can begin by walking peacefully. Everything depends on your steps.”– Thich Nhat Hanh (My favorite quote that I have written almost everywhere.)

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my greatest teachers…and inspirations. Thank you for sharing his words…every time I read them..I am reminded of how lucky I am to be alive.

Peace & Love.
.-= Connie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Photo or Painting? =-.

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Barbara Swafford September 20, 2009 at 4:29 am

Hi Lance,

Thank you for the beautiful quote and image.

Yes. every day, every moment, every thing is indeed a miracle. Your post is a great reminder for me to rejoice in all that surrounds me.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Tapping Into A Larger Audience =-.

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Daphne @ Joyful Days September 20, 2009 at 5:32 am

This is a beautiful quote, Lance. I’m right now watching a bunch of guys play soccer, and it’s a miracle that the human body can run, kick, laugh, have FUN! Thanks for reminding us to celebrate these simple blessings.
.-= Daphne @ Joyful Days´s Last Fabulous Post ..What are Your Relationship Expectations? =-.

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Joanna September 20, 2009 at 5:35 am

I love Sunday mornings at the Jungle. I always experience such peace here. I often find myself wondering, “Is this all there is?” while I should find myself saying, “I can’t believe ALL of this.”

Live. Life. Abundantly.
.-= Joanna´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday School =-.

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Suzie Cheel September 20, 2009 at 5:46 am

Hi Lance,
Dropping in here late my Sunday is such a treat. What a wonderful quote and this reminds me that everyday I do have my feet in touch with the eath- my case id the beach, the sand and the sea, the magic blue of the sky and deep tuqouse of the water, and just today the magic of seeing a whale breaching while enjoying sculpture by the sea.
Thank you
Namaste
Suzie
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Would You Like To Go From Debt to Success? =-.

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Dr. Rus September 20, 2009 at 5:50 am

Hey there Lance;

A wonderful thought for the start of a Sunday. It’s amazing how we tend to take the little things in life for granted. We’re always looking for the big and grandiose. Thanks for the reminder that “miracles” are around us every day.

Dr. Rus

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Zeenat {Positive Provocations} September 20, 2009 at 6:01 am

Hi Lance,
Such a Blissful Quote. Love it.
The recognition of miracles in our everyday life is such an uplifting thought. Makes life so much more interesting isnt it..
Just open your eyes and you will see all the miracles lying right in front of you….My little one teaches me everyday what miracles are. She is my little miracle,,,but for her chasing the butterfly and running in glee behind a speck of dust can be just as miraculous 🙂 I find my miracles following her lead!
.-= Zeenat {Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..To Have Succeeded {Inspirational Quote} =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord September 20, 2009 at 6:25 am

Happy Sunday, Lance!

This quote has confirmed what I’ve been prompted to do for the past week: take a break from the electronic world and get out into nature more. I’ve been so wrapped up in writing, blogging, and serving as chief communications gal for an event I’m volunteering for that I’ve been neglecting the part of me that needs grass, sun, crisp air, leaves, trees, cows, even! (My boyfriend has some cows.) And this, right now, is my favorite time of year in the Northeast. It’s autumn, and I love autumn.

Your quote has inspired me to pull back a little from the computer a little this week and engage myself in the outdoors. Reintroduce myself to nature.
Thank you, as always, for knowing just what to post on a Sunday. (smile)
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Giving Our All =-.

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Natalia Burleson September 20, 2009 at 6:26 am

Hey Lance! 🙂

These are such true words and so powerful. I think about it all sometimes. How amazing it truly is. If we take the time to look and show our children there is much to be in awe of. You can’t find it in an electronics store or in a video game. Just look at a leaf or a flower or a bug. It is truly amazing. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

Have a great day with the family!!!
Natalia
.-= Natalia Burleson´s Last Fabulous Post ..Smoothies! =-.

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natasha September 20, 2009 at 6:30 am

Beautiful thought, and beautiful photograph.
Thanks!
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Lance September 20, 2009 at 6:41 am

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. How often do we not realize just how amazing our world and our life are? It’s so easy to get caught up in daily life, and not truly see the miracles of life. When we do, though, wow!

@Connie – Thanks so much for sharing a favorite Thich Nhat Hanh quote here, Connie. Deep and meaningful peace, so much tied to really seeing the miracle of life! Powerful and moving, all of it. It’s great to have you here today…

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. We’re surrounded by miracles, and that’s just so amazing…life and all that it entails. Everywhere. Awesome!

@Daphne – Thanks, Daphne. The human body – such an amazing device. To really comprehend all that it can do, it is just so, so much! And right there that’s like a million miracles all wrapped up in the miracle of life!

@Joanna – It’s great having you here on Sunday mornings, Joanna! Miracles. Life. Us. Wow! All of it, amazing! You. Me. Everyone.

@Suzie – Hi Suzie. And you describe so many miracles, so much out there in our world. Miracles abound. And yet, do we too often start to treat them as ordinary? As not miracles at all? They are – all of them! And wow, to see the whale you’ve witnessed today – how awesome an example of just how great and magnificent these miracles can be. And then to the sand – how small, and still so miraculous it can all be…

@Dr. Rus – Hi Dr. Rus. Miracles are all around us, aren’t they. It’s not just the big and grand things in life, it’s even the smallest of things, the ability to bend a finger, or to turn our head, or see all the colors of the spectrum. Small, and still so, so big!

@Zeenat – Hi Zeenat. Children are such great believers in miracles, it’s like their eyes and their hearts see life as full of wonder. We can learn so much from them, and to what is really possible in this world! Your little one is a gift to you and all she encounters – filled with wonder and amazement! Another miracle amongst so many…

@Megan – Happy Sunday Megan! And nature is so filled with natural miracles – the grass, the trees, water, critters… How good to read that you’ve taken some time to really connect with this side of you, and to read about how good this has been. And autumn is a favorite season of mine, too. The changing colors, which remind me that life is changing. Like the seasons, our lives don’t lie dormant – and the changes – we can choose to be the change, or not. And that too, is a miracle – all that we are able to do. Continue to really connect with nature, my friend…you shine, in so many ways, and this only takes this to a deeper level…

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. So, so true – a bug, a flower, a stem of grass – all so miraculous. And they exist, for all of us to experience – no charge. That you won’t find in some electronic game. There’s so much in our natural world that is filled with wonder, especially when we take the time to fully realize this. Enjoy your family, too, Natalia. It’s great having you here today!

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Stacey Shipman September 20, 2009 at 6:49 am

I couldn’t agree more. We move so fast, we’re asleep to the world around us. I’m working on my post for today after this comment and it’s focus is how do you experience life? Because for me, that is what the quote above suggests…experiencing everything around you!

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Jannie Funster September 20, 2009 at 6:53 am

The sun is almost up here as I write this. I can’t wait to see it illuminate the leaves, the beautiful leaves full of the miracle of chlorophyll. And I am reminded again how everyday is a good day and to be grateful for it. Thank you, Lance.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Unbreakable Child: Book Review =-.

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CG Walters September 20, 2009 at 6:56 am

thank you, Lance.
Blessings to you and your dear ones….
.-= CG Walters´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Mystic’s Path =-.

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Lisis September 20, 2009 at 6:57 am

On the day my parents had their plane crash, I had gotten up early to go walk at Chastain Park… in the rain. I’m not one to get up early, or to go walking (for exercise), and particularly not in the rain. But on that day, I felt I had to.

As I was walking along, I remember feeling the rain drops on my face and thinking to myself, “It is such a miracle to be alive.” And, noticing the muscles in my legs starting to burn, I thought about what a miracle it is to be able to walk. Just those two things, I’m alive and I can walk, are miraculous and make me incredibly blessed.

Later that day, when I found out my mother had died and my dad would be paraplegic for the remainder of his life, I knew not to take for granted what I STILL had. I was still alive, and I could still walk… and that’s a lot.

Thank you, Lance, for this walk down memory lane.
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Lose Your Worse-than-Useless Thoughts: Dispersal =-.

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Cath Lawson September 20, 2009 at 7:08 am

Lance that is so beautiful. It amazes me how you manage to come up with fresh and original materials each Sunday. They are v inspiring. Thank you.

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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work September 20, 2009 at 7:14 am

To pause, breathe deeply and appreciate is to really recognize life as the glory it is. Thanks Lance, you’ve done a lot of good spreading this one.
.-= Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s Last Fabulous Post ..Awakening To Your True Calling =-.

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Diane AZ September 20, 2009 at 7:18 am

Lance, this is my favorite post of yours so far. I resonate deeply with Thich Nhat Hanh’s words and think he’s one of the greatest teachers of mindfulness. We sometimes don’t see miracles as such when they look ordinary like washing dishes or even breathing, but as he says, “all is a miracle.”
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Tao of Contentment =-.

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Positively Present September 20, 2009 at 7:27 am

Beautiful quote, Lance! 🙂 I just loved it!
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..words to live by: just wanna be happy =-.

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Stephen - Rat Race Trap September 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

Lance, that is simply a FANTASTIC quote. After reading through the comments here I think I’m going to have to get some writings by Thich Nhat Hanh. He sounds wonderful.
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is It Time for a Quantum Leap? =-.

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Katie West/The Levity Coach September 20, 2009 at 7:35 am

Lance…you know what you have done? You have started Lance’s Cafe….here on Sunday mornings. We all come running to start our day feasting on your offering. Thank you for bringing us all to the table together so that we, islands in this great sea of life, can come together and share nourishment together.

Brilliant Lance, you are. (said Yoda style)

Cheers and barefoot in the grass so that we may all feel this wide earth touching all of our feet together.
I am off got a coffee to celebrate this good dish…
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Heart Madison, WI Laughers =-.

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Lynn September 20, 2009 at 7:44 am

What a wonderful thought to begin the day with and by such an inspiring writer. Thank you for sharing this Lance. I go forth into the Jungle ready for anything!
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..New home, legends and looking forward =-.

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Yira September 20, 2009 at 7:50 am

Hey Lance,
this is a great quote… and so timely with my theme this week, month….year. I take on the day being thankful for every little miracle I’ve been given. Life is wonderful!!

Thanks for the inspiration.
.-= Yira´s Last Fabulous Post ..The power of a positive attitude =-.

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Tess The Bold Life September 20, 2009 at 8:04 am

Lance,
What a great photo and quote. Love the monk. In fact I love everything about life and that is my miracle! Just arrived home from Michigan where I had my bare feet touching the grass. Not something I do in Arizona! Happy Sunday.

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suzen September 20, 2009 at 8:07 am

Hi Lance! One beautiful moment of my Sunday is coming here! You could quote anything that this wonderful monk has written – it’s ALL beautiful! The miracles that surround us daily deserve our attention and awe. If we could focus more of our time each day on that, so much of our perceived problems and stress would melt away like butter on warm toast.

Thank you for this blissful drink of cool water!
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..I’m Alive! Celine Dion and Great Inspiration =-.

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Jeanne September 20, 2009 at 8:11 am

Lovely indeed is all that you share?
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Mad for MAD MEN =-.

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Laura Neff - Life Leadership Coach September 20, 2009 at 8:14 am

Good morning, Lance!

Thanks for this beautiful quote to start our Sunday. It’s like having Thich Naht Hahn here, sharing my tea and his wisdom with me at my kitchen table. 🙂 It also reminds me of a *lovely* little book called “Small Graces” by Kent Nerburn. It’s a bit Native American in its philosophy, but definitely calls to mind the sacredness of our small, everyday rituals. The preface is one of the best and most inspiring bits of writing about that I’ve seen.

If your day’s filled with even a fraction of what you share so generously here, you’ll have an incredible one!

Laura 🙂

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Miguel de Luis September 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

You know Lance, I was about to “like” your article on facebook when I realized I haven’t yet read it. You are one of those people you can count on for inspiration. And this post is no exception, perhaps the miracle is that we can share a heart from such a long distance and learn from each other.
.-= Miguel de Luis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Not yet? =-.

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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker September 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

Lance, your articles and photos always bring me joy and serenity. I believe that those who expect miracles find miracles. Just being alive in this time and place is a wonderous miracle. Have a glorious day.
.-= Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Recovery Validated =-.

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Yum Yucky September 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

It’s been a long while since I laid back on a blanket, took in the warm sun, gazed at the blue sky and watched the clouds pass by.
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..Taste Test: Kashi Mushroom Trio & Spinach Pizza =-.

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Liara Covert September 20, 2009 at 9:25 am

Lance, you inspire everyone to remember they have the power to create their own miracles every moment of their existence. This quote is timeless. In yet another way, you inspire others, paying it forward and encouraging others to spread their own joy in a domino effect.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Pay-it forward challenge =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now September 20, 2009 at 9:36 am

I’ve been trying to practice this mindset every single day. I do have my rough days, but on the whole I’m much happier. By looking for the beauty in every office, plant, and person I’m opening my mind to the miracles that are a part of my every day life.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..25 Reasons Why You Should Pre-order the Happiness Project Book =-.

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Audra Krell September 20, 2009 at 9:42 am

I think the real miracle is in remembering. Reminding ourselves that walking on water or thin air didn’t just happen one time. God still walks on water, He is still in business of miracles and we don’t have to look far at all to see them, we just use our miraculous “own two eyes” to find the second by second beauty He has provided.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Gonna be a Chai Wallah =-.

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Caity September 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

Ahh this is beautiful. I love it. I definitely like to think of small things that we take for granted as miracles. Thank you for pointing it out to us again.
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Nadia - Happy Lotus September 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

Hi Lance,

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorites. He truly is one of the best examples of someone who really lives the teachings of Lord Buddha.

When my mother was dying from cancer, going to the bathroom took a lot of work. People under estimate the sheer beauty in being able to walk on your own and to be able to take care of yourself without any help from another person. If someone can get up in the morning and just get out of bed with ease is an amazing gift. As is the ability to see, hear, talk, taste and more importantly, the ability to love.

Miracles are not rare. On the contrary, miracles happen every single day if we just simply look. 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..The September Issue of My Life =-.

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Davina September 20, 2009 at 10:52 am

This is what I love about the Jungle of Life. It reminds us that life doesn’t have to be hard. There is so much to appreciate. Thank you Lance.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Remembering a Friend =-.

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Lori September 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

Hi Lance!
The photo reminds me of the many walks I’ve taken on the beach near my home.
I’ve walked there hundreds of times, but every time I feel overcome with the beauty of the water, the sky, and the motion and certainty of the waves. I am often entranced thinking about the the ocean’s expanse and the possible origins of the particular waves as they lap at my feet. This is a beautiful photo, Lance, and the accompanying quote means a lot to me.
Thank you for nourishing my soul today.
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nature is Music =-.

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Carla September 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

We need to see the beauty that’s already in front of us on a daily basis. That photo reminds me of the many times I walked on beaches. No matter how cold the Northern California water was, I always loved feeling the water and Earth right at my feet. That made me feel alive and grounded.
.-= Carla´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Small Vent about SIGG =-.

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Bern September 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

The objects we see around us are a product of Magic and Creationism brought about through intentions and the desire to experience. It is a Miracle to actually see the essence of the objects and to find that One is truly looking in a Mirror and can therefore only see Love.
.-= Bern´s Last Fabulous Post ..Knowledge vs. Wisdom =-.

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The Exception September 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm

This is jsut what I needed to read today. Thanks!
.-= The Exception´s Last Fabulous Post ..Straight from the Heart =-.

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Nathalie Lussier September 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I love this! This quote really makes me feel centered, and reminds me how lucky we are to be living on this beautiful earth of ours.

Thank you.
.-= Nathalie Lussier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Book Review =-.

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings September 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Hey Lance! I’ve read a couple of posts this morning about being present. I think the Universe is trying to tell me something! Today I will practise taking notice of, and appreciating all the miracles that surround me. Thank you for the “sign” Lovely Lance.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kick Arse Question – Living Like You Mean It =-.

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Evita September 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Indeed miracles are all around us! Do we choose to seem them… that is another question…

I always love thoughts or reflections that stir within us these possibilities because they make us aware of all that is possible, they make us open to all that we can be and they perhaps introduce us to a new perspective about what we call a “miracle”.

Thanks Lance as always, for such thought provoking wisdom and very awesome picture to reiterate this timeless message 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Winner of The Path: Afterlife DVD & Your Thoughts On Death and the Afterlife =-.

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Wilma Ham September 20, 2009 at 6:06 pm

And now I need to learn to see the miracles on days that I judge that things do not go so well.
For me it is letting go of seeing with the mind and judging what is going on and starting to see from the heart with fresh peaceful and grateful eyes the same scene and see the miracle and the unity and the love.
I can, I can, I can if he can and you can and others can. Great to share encouragement amongst each other with this quote and you as a catalyst, Lance.
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..The benefits of doing completion. =-.

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Linda Abbit September 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

What a perfect photo and quotation combo, Lance.

All *is* a miracle indeed. And I try my hardest to be grateful for all I have every day and not take any of it for granted.

In Judaism, my religion, there is a prayer called the Miracles of Daily Life. One of the lines in it is thanking God who “removes sleep from the eyes, slumber from the eyelids.” We are thankful even for the most basic act of opening our eyes each morning, being alive to enjoy a new day.

And since the Jewish new year began Friday night, I’d like to wish you a year ahead filled with sweetness, good health, love and prosperity. Thank you for all you give to me, Lance.
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers — 09/16/09 =-.

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Keith September 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Hello Lance!

I LOVE Thich Nhat Hanh and I have a couple of his books. The quotes is amazing and rings true in my heart. As I write this it is pouring down rain here in Kentucky and I can’t help but think of what a blessing rain is. Life giving rain, certainly miraculous!

Thanks Lance!
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..Joy In The Journey =-.

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Jodi at Joy Discovered September 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Hi Lance!
Oh, this is a good quote! The ordinary is extraordinary and the less we take for granted, the richer our life experience will be! I love your Sunday posts. Thank you for this. I’ll be looking around with a fresh eye this week because of you!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is Life Fair? =-.

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Laurie September 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Have you ever read about all the things that have to be in place for there to be life on this planet? It is incredible ….the odds of there not being life on any planet and yet, we have life. And to get to be a person on this planet instead of a toad, or cactus, or rock, well….that is another miracle. With every step we take, our Creator watches, and walks with us. The fact that he wants to know me… know you Lance….know all of us…is HUGE. Knowing what He did to be with us…that is the biggest miracle of all.

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Joy September 20, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Some days it’s a miracle to walk at all:)

Living on the boat, I often say the sky is my ceiling, the mast is my cross, the ocean my backyard–you’d have to have a hardened heart not to appreciate that beautiful setting. I wake to wonder, I fall to sleep to wonder–regardless of what life brings in between…..miraculous. Wish it was always so effortless.

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Erin Prais-Hintz September 20, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Funny how a such a small thing that we take for granted is really the biggest thing. We are always rush rush rushing from one thing to the next that we forget to slow down and take a breath and just be. That is really the miracle of it all. Maybe if we all took a moment to really slow down and see all that is within us, around us and living through us, our whole outlook would change. Life is indeed a miracle. Thank you for the inspiration today!
Enjoy the day!
Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..30 Words =-.

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J.D. Meier September 21, 2009 at 3:20 am

You picked a perfect image to compliment the quote. I like the reminder we’re in a miracle.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lessons Learned from Peter Drucker =-.

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Lance September 21, 2009 at 5:37 am

@Natasha – Thanks for stopping by, Natasha!

@Stacey Shipman – It seems so opposite, doesn’t it? Moving so fast, how could we be asleep? That’s it, though. The faster we go through life, the more our senses become dulled to all the amazing beauty around us. It’s when we slow down and really experience life, that we become deeply awake.

@Jannie – Beauty everywhere! The leaves. The grass. A child playing. Waking up. Wiggling our noses. The list of miracles is endless!

@CG Walters – You’re welcome!

@Lisis – Lisis, I find this story to be deeply moving. It is like that particular day, you were supposed to get up and walk in that rain. I’m sure that particular day was extraordinarily difficult. And having that moment in the rain, your walk, was so good for your soul. And for really letting that feeling of life, a feeling that sometimes gets numbed by daily living, soak into your being. Lisis, thank you for sharing this very personal story here.

@Cath – Thanks for being here, Cath. This message is such an important one, because life and being here on this earth, as who we are – is such an amazing miracle.

@Tom Volkar – And yet, going about daily living – it can be easy to forget this one. To forget how really miraculous life is. And that’s when a reminder like these words from Thich Nhat Hanh can be so meaningful. Thanks much, Tom!

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Diane Fit to the Finish September 21, 2009 at 6:20 am

Miracles are all around us. I’m reminded of it every time I look into the face of one of my children. They see the miracles much more readily than I do.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..Just One Thing =-.

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Lisa's Chaos September 21, 2009 at 10:13 am

That’s so true! Daily I see miracles around!
.-= Lisa’s Chaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Natural Macro Monday =-.

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Lance September 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm

@Diane AZ – Thank you Diane! The ordinary, witnessed day after day, start to become just that – ordinary. And yet, they’re not. It’s all so extraordinary…all of life and what has been created!

@Positively Present – Thanks much Dani.

@Stephen – Thich Nhat Hanh is loaded with so much great and wise thoughts. This is one I especially feel drawn to. Enjoy all you find by him…

@Katie West – Ha! It’s great for me to be here and enjoy the great conversation that get created. And that’s everyone who takes the time out of their busy schedules to slow down for a couple of minutes and let these thoughts from great minds like Thich Nhat Hanh soak in. And I love that, Katie – thinking of us as islands drawn together in the great sea of life! I’m having coffee with you today, my friend…you are so filled with goodness…

@Lynn – This really is a great thought to begin our days! Just thinking of all the miracles we’re surrounded by makes tackling whatever our day brings a little easier.

@Yira – Hi Terie. Life is filled with miracles. You’re a miracle. Our earth is a miracle. The food in the cabinets is a miracle. Our lives are surrounded by miracles…if we’ll just open our hearts to see them…

@Tess – This monk’s a pretty wise guy, isn’t he! And Tess, that’s a great thing to celebrate – all that life is – because it is all so miracle-filled!

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Lance September 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. Awww, and it’s great having you here. You’re a ray of sunshine! The miracles around our daily lives definitely deserve our attention…and sometimes that doesn’t always happen. And that’s when it’s good for us to stop, and to really take in all that we’re surrounded by. Miracles everywhere!

@Jeanne – Thank you Jeanne!

@Laura – Hi Laura! Sacredness. What a beautiful word to use in conjunction with this quote on the miracles we’re surrounded by. It’s easy to see something big and grand as a miracle. Yet, there are so, so many little daily things that are miracles in our lives. Like having you and everyone else here, and sharing so openly about what this means to them. There’s a sacredness in these words. Laura, thank you for the book recommendation. It sounds wonderful! And thank you for your very kind and gracious words today…

@Miguel – Miguel, I take that very much as a wonderful compliment from you – thank you! Yes, sharing this connection with you – even though we’re physically separated by thousands of miles and an ocean and parts of countries – is pretty amazing and wonderful!

@Patricia – Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker — I love that thought, Patricia. This idea of expecting miracles will bring miracles. I believe this very much too. Thanks so much for being here and sharing such wonderful thoughts…

@Yum Yucky – And Josie, I think it’s time. Find a blanket, a nice quiet spot, and do some gazing into the sky…without other distractions. I think doing this brings this feeling of awe, at how truly amazing our world is!

@Liara – Liara, thank you. Creating our own miracles, so awesome. And so much possible when we’re really connecting with who we deeply are.

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Lance September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

@Karl – Having the mindset of seeing the world around us as a miracle, that’s a great place to be, Karl. And we all have our moments, our times when it’s hard to see the miracle in some thing. The more we focus on this, though, the more we really do develop that mindset of just how amazing our world and everything in it is… And you’re there, my friend.

@Audra – Yes, God has truly created this amazing place we call earth, and everything in it. And that is all so amazing – from the smallest to the largest. Wow, it’s great to be here on this earth, now, and to have you here on this journey, Audra. I appreciate your support very much…

@Caity – Caity, that is so true. In the everyday-ness of our lives, it becomes easy to take for granted so many things. And we forget how miraculous it can be to have them in our lives. And that’s a wonderful reminder for all of us…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. And that’s such a true statement. I don’t think anything about it as I get up to walk. Yet to someone who can no longer do that – walking is a miracle. And it is, for all of us. I also think of babies, and the wonder you see in their expressions as they begin to take those first steps. And how excited parents are for this moment – because it is viewed as a miracle. And then it becomes standard fair, and no longer viewed as the miracle it really is. And your last line is amazingly beautiful, Nadia – miracles are not rare indeed!

@Davina – Yes, there is so much to appreciate in our world! Are we, though? I know I sometimes take way too many things for granted, and reading this quote and all the comments helps me to re-focus on the many miracles that do exist…

@Lori – Hi Lori. And what a wonderful place that has to be, the beach near your home. Looking out on the waters, especially when all you see out beyond is the horizon – that is such an awe-filled moment for me. And the waves…amazing waves coming in from somewhere beyond… Lori, I sit here today, and feel a deeper connection to the ocean and it’s amazing beauty, and that’s thanks to you and this comment. Thank you, my friend, for being here and along on this walk with me…

@Carla – Water. Beaches. Sand. When we let these really soak into our being, their true beauty is revealed. And it is in the miracle of their being, if we can see that, that their true is fully seen by us. Not just through our eyes, but through our hearts.

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Lance September 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm

@Bern – Ah, that is so powerful Bern. Seeing that around us as looking in a mirror, and seeing Love – wow! This does feel magical and filled with awe! Thank you for this beautiful description!

@The Exception – It’s great to have you here!

@Nathalie – There is something very centering about this. I think it takes us to our core, to our soul – and touches upon the amazing beings that we are – one of those amazing things being our thoughts and feelings. That which makes us, as humans, able to feel love and emotion – so wonderful!

@Sami – Hey Sami! So…you’re hearing a theme! I’m glad I could provide a “sign” for you. The truth, though, is that you are very much already so seeing the miracles in this world. Sami, I recognize this in your writing so much. You have an amazing ability to see the beauty…

@Evita – That’s it, Evita. Do we really “see” all these amazing miracles around us? Or do we just take them for granted? It’s so easy to live our daily lives, doing what we always do – and not realize the beauty all around us – always. Because it becomes so common. Yet, it is still so, so miraculous. From the dirt of our earth, to the whales in our oceans – big and small – all miracles, all sizes, all awesome!

@Wilma – “Seeing from the heart”…Wilma – I completely love that thought! When we see with our heart, we do see the beauty in all these miracles around us. And I have to agree, Wilma, the comments section becomes so powerful for me, in really seeing these quotes come to life – in real and meaningful ways!

@Linda – Hi Linda. The walk on the beach just felt right to really soak up the essence of this quote – miracles – and the meeting of land and sea. Linda, I’ve only witnessed you fully appreciating all in this world. And it’s been a gift for me to see this, to see you – living these words. And what a wonderful part of the “Miracles of Daily Life” prayer you shared – simply opening our eyes and being alive – wow! And Linda, I wish you only the same – may this coming year be filled with abundant love in your life!

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Lance September 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm

@Keith – Hi Keith. Rain. A wonderful example of one of life’s miracles. Do we always think of it that way, though? Or do we sometimes see it as a nuisance, as we’re trying to do something where we don’t want rain? What a wonderful example of something that is such a miracle, and something we desparately need, yet at times we see it as completely the opposite. Thanks so much for sharing that! Rain is indeed a miracle!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. And I love having you here, to read your perspectives. I love reading the word “richer” here, as it applies to a much more deeply meaningful life – so, so good.

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. What you’re describing is completely amazing! And to think about being born as who we are, wow! What are the chances? And I have a hard time fathoming would I “be” if everything about my life had not happened when it did? So incredible! And that IS God, working in His awesome ways!

@Joy – Miracles can be so many things, can’t they. Being able to walk. Living pain free. Turning your head. What you’re doing, Joy, is really such an experience – wow! There has to be something very freeing and very connecting about being in the vastness of our world – in ways very few experience. And I think that gives you a very unique look at the miracles all around us!

@Erin – Erin, I love this thought you’re sharing! I believe this very much, and yet I also have a hard time really and honestly doing that. Taking those moments to slow down and “be”. So, your words are beautiful, soul-touching words that remind me to “be”… Erin, thank you for this, and for always being you…

@J.D. Meier – Thanks much, J.D. And yes, we are all part of a world filled with miracles!

@Diane – Our children…yes, miracles indeed! And the way young children see the world is as if everything is a miracle (they sure do get it right!).

@Lisa’s Chaos – That’s awesome, Lisa – the miracles you witness daily!

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imhkki September 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm

nice post

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Lance September 29, 2009 at 7:36 am

@imhkki – Thank you!

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