Saturday, October 29, 2011

My way of thinking/ Ordinary Miracles

It is a rare thing indeed to find a photo with the four of us in it. We always plan to have friends take a few pics of us when they come to visit but we get to talking and I completely forget. This picture is from about three years ago, during our blond period. It was taken at Koffi, our favorite coffee place. We love to take our dogs, and the dogs we foster, there. They have a huge grassy area in back where the pups can meet other pups. It is particularly good for the dogs we have in our home 4 days a week. We get two a day so they can be out of their cages and see what a loving home is all about. We often get adoptions right there at Koffi.

I was thinking last night about all the little miracles that we tend to take for granted. What sparked this thought was looking to my right and seeing our boy Charlie sleeping in his own bed. He has avoided his bed since the day we bought it, but Roxy has always slept in her bed. I guess he finally got the idea that it looked pretty comfy. It was one of those sweet moments that deserve to be savoured.

Things like the bus running right on time, or being in a long line that moves quickly; these are the kinds of things we sometimes forget to be grateful for. The beauty of the mountains, the majesty of the ocean, the trees that move and sigh with the breeze; these are things we see all the time so we can stop being in awe of these ordinary miracles. We shouldn't allow ourselves to ignore all the things that make life so wonderful. Just taking a second to recognize those little things that make life worthwhile can make such a difference in the way we approach each day. If we are grateful for the small things that happen, think how grateful we can be when something big comes along. Our mind is already set up to experience the joy of something wondrous!

I begin each day by meditating. I use the sunrise as a focal point. I am not a closed eyed, cross legged, mantra chanting type of meditator. Rather I use the power of the sunrise as a focus to calm me, allow my mind to be quiet and still, and allow the power of the dawning light to fill me with energy. It is always my first miracle of the day.

I just thought I would send out a gentle reminder of how important it is to remain grateful for the ordinary miracles that happen every day. By recognizing the good, we are better able to combat the bad. We can choose what we want to see and what we don't. It just takes practice. And maybe a slight nudge every once in awhile.

                                           Peace and Love,




  1. what a lovely reminder, Bill. we definitely try to stay focused on the small miracles (like Atticus taking his pills without vomiting!). a gentle nudge towards further mindfulness and gratitude is always appreciated.

    Love the picture of the two of you in your "blonde phase"! Billy Idol -- someone stole your hair!

    Heidi & Atticus
    "commentary to give you paws..."

  2. Hahahahaha! Glad you liked my little reminder about all the things we have to be grateful for.

    Love, Bill/Austin

  3. Ordinary life is full of such riches if we remember to pay attention. I also think it's a great idea to "practice" appreciating small things so we can be even more ready when the big gratitudes come around. Glad I read thus early in the day so I can think about all the ways I appreciate this day.

    Was completely confused by the picture! I didn't recognize blondie!!

  4. Love it Austin! (and your blond hair, too, lol)

    Today, my door bell rang and it was the neighbor who just moved in asking for a screw driver. The previous neighbors who left 3 weeks ago sucked; we never talked -they didn't even say hi or anything, really unfriendly people (I never stopped smiling at them though, maybe they disliked my smiles).

    The new ones are so awesome and very friendly that it's worth a mention here on your post! Good to know there are nice people next door, makes me feel secure and happy. And they are lucky to have us as neighbors :-)

    The little things are big in my life and dominate my day. So they better be awesome (I turn them into awesomeness all the time!).

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

  5. It makes me so happy that this simple little post has been a positive reminder for you all. It's another ordinary miracle for me!

  6. Bill, I love the picture of the four of you! I had Billy Idol hair once but it was not intentional (hair color gone wrong for me - bad, very bad). :-) You guys look great, though. Thank you for the reminders to appreciate the little things. Thanks, too, for the work you do with foster dogs. Those are some lucky pups to be welcomed into your home.

    caregiving. family. advocacy.

  7. Saw this and tried to comment but having problems using my phone to respond. Keeps losing my comments! Don't think your posts aren't seen and appreciated just because you don't see a comment, sometimes I catch these in bits and snatches of time! I live for these little moments, they are what keep me going!