I’m writing this at 38,000 feet in the air, in a tin box with wings and an engine. There are close to 200 other people on this flying machine with me, along with all of their baggage. One lady has a cat. Just because thousands of planes take off and land each day doesn’t mean it’s any less of a miracle. I’d like to explore the idea that everything is a miracle, especially the mundane. Each person is made up of 100 trillion cells, each one of those cells doing it’s part. Can you imagine the number of transactions per second the body has to undergo in order to make itself work? This morning I woke up in a bed made by people, in a room, in an apartment, in a building made and designed by people. Thousands of people invented all the things that went into building the building. Someone invented cement and door hinges! How did all the right parts and people and processes and strategies and businesses come together to erect this building? All the trillions of cells working together to make things that we all can use in society. I am in awe of everyday life.
The toast I ate this morning was made with grains that were grown in a field by sunlight and water and earth and then people turned the grain into bread and then it travelled to the grocery store (created and run by people). Upon awakening this morning, my body, still in tact from the night before, knew how to get dressed, pack, tidy up, and, of course, eat the toast. We won’t even go into the miracle of how I’m able to use all it’s nutrients just by chewing and swallowing. Swallowing itself is a miracle, how does food consistently go down the right pipe?
Everything is a miracle. Life is miraculous.
Sadly, we tend to harp on the negative. Why? We hurt ourselves, we get sick, we forget things, we make mistakes, we offend others, we lose big accounts, we fail. We often feel wronged by other people’s actions and we are upset when something doesn’t go our way. Speaking of which, what exactly is “our way”? How did we get so important and why is “our way” better than someone else's? If we are so preoccupied with getting what we want, we tend to forget the fact that everything is a miracle. Haven’t we all experienced lessons from life’s calamities? What if ‘not always getting what we want’ is part of the plan? Is there something else influencing the way of the world? Of the universe? What is the glue that keeps all these trillions of cells together? Our limbs can’t do their job if they don’t have the body attached to them, much like any other part of ourselves. What keeps us whole?
My humble advice: spend one day looking at everything as if it were meant to happen. Start your day with this quote by A Course in Miracles, “Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. I relinquish all grievances, regrets and resentments and choose the miracle.”
Relish in the mundane, and, while you’re at it, thank your 100 trillion cells for doing their job-warts and all.
-Shana Colbin Dunn