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Stopping Before the Miracle

21 Jan

I’ve been getting this message a lot lately so I’ll tell you how I mean it. Because on the one hand, everything, of course, is one dazzling miracle after another. In the right consciousness, just that you can blink your eyes, pet a cat, or chew an apple is utterly stunning.

But sometimes we give up right before something amazing is about to occur. I’ve sure done that at times in my life. Giving up in the sense of surrendering all to the Divine, is a wonderful thing. Then the right actions always get shown. That’s the focus of most of my writing.

But giving up, not even being AVAILABLE for the miracle, well, that’s a whole other deal.

A couple years ago I hiked with a friend to a lake known for good swimming. After a few miles, we saw it glistening ahead of us, a green, beckoning beauty. But as we got to the main access spot, where many people had already jumped in, the water looked slimy, muddy and dark. Beer cans littered the ground. We hung out a little bit, never entered and eventually hiked back out.

Last week I returned to that same lake with someone who knew the area well. She showed me that we had stopped way too soon, as do most folks. If only we had rounded the bend and gone another half mile, we might have found this hidden spot with pristine, sparkling water. Though it looked like the trail was leaving the lake, it really wasn’t.

Who knew?

The key was not to get sidetracked by everyone else!

But I sure got the message and it’s come five other ways this month to me: Ignore the wayward crowd, don’t stop too soon and if it’s meant to be, a hidden, secret way will be shown.

Just be available for that miracle.

--Tosha Silver

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