October 21, 2010
Everyday of our lives we are surrounded by ordinary things. I was headed to work a couple of weeks ago and passed by an elderly man walking his dog. Everyday this man walks his dog in the same pattern around the neighborhood. But what I hadn’t noticed until that day was that he would meet his wife about halfway through the walk and they’d finish the walk together. The couple is in their seventies or eighties and the wife appears frail - that maybe is why she doesn’t make the full walk with her husband each morning.
I could see the joy in her face when she saw her husband and dog round the corner to meet her. This seemed very ordinary: a man and women walking their dog. But there was something special, something difficult to explain, something miraculous about the love that they have for each other.
I decided that day to start looking at ordinary events in my life and trying to find the miracles within each of those things. This week I became a mother. The birth of a child is, of course, a miracle. But there are many ordinary occurrences while parenting, even in the early stages. While up for one of the overnight feedings and I dragged myself into the nursery and found my son looking up at me with an adorable smile on his face. He’s only four days old, but that smile made the lack of sleep completely worth it.
A smile is one of the most ordinary things in this world, but in that moment, I felt the miracle of life and love filled my heart. That smile was more than ordinary. It was extraordinary. It’s amazing how different the world looks when you start to look for the miracles.
“To see the miraculous in the ordinary is the mark of highest wisdom.
” – Ralph Waldo Emerson