Seeking Miracles Everyday

Living Life in the Miraculous

I’ve mentioned before that I like to choose a theme for my years. It helps guide my vision and approach to things… and remind me how I want to FEEL and what I want to CREATE in my life. 2014’s theme is “Living Life in the Miraculous”. This image feels like a page out of that book:

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Where to Begin?

To me, wrapping my head around a life of the miraculous means shifting from imagining that miracles happen only occasionally and bestowed upon the few… to remembering that The Miraculous is our natural state. My mother used to tell me this was true. But I never took anybody’s word for anything growing up, so had to see for myself. If you were to ask me what I know for sure at this point in my life: that we are hard wired for The Miraculous is one of them.

Unfortunately, we’ve been conditioned to think otherwise: most of us weren’t taught to live in the expectation of daily miracles, but a more dire kind of day-to-day existence. And since whatever we focus upon the most tends to happen (kind of a miraculous event in and of itself)… well, you know the rest.

Ask… Receive… Rinse… Repeat

So here’s my approach. Every day I ask for a miracle. Something delightful, unexpected and completely awesome. Then I watch for them. They don’t have to be huge, you just have to recognize them as such. I think this photo is a miracle. It was a surprise, completely unexpected one. And I recognized it as such.

Miracles go on all the time around us… IF we have the eyes to see them and the desire to seek them out.
So that’s how I’m approaching my 2014 theme. I’m dreaming BIGGER dreams… as outlandishly as I can … and I look for daily miracles. None is too small to notice and appreciate. I’m conditioning myself to wrap myself in the cloak of a miraculous life, one day at a time. And I intend to record the results with my camera and words all along the way… as part of my artistic and life signature.

Just thought I’d share.

9 thoughts on “Seeking Miracles Everyday

  1. Trey started the picture forming of the fairly new HdR ,his pictures and are of course if not the best,are very stunning,yet he dose not advocate miracles,and sad to say all of those great images would be very little with out the use of a computer or a computorised camera we should look at things as they really are .and be prepared for the opportunity to be truthful, giving most of all to show gratitude for what we have, and try to make miracles for those who are less fortunate than ourselves,then get them to pass it on

  2. Hello Karen,
    I just discovered your work today as I followed a link from Matt Kosklowski’s site. And the timing of discovering these words — “Miracles go on all the time around us… IF we have the eyes to see them and the desire to seek them out. So that’s how I’m approaching my 2014 theme. I’m dreaming BIGGER dreams… as outlandishly as I can … and I look for daily miracles. None is too small to notice and appreciate. I’m conditioning myself to wrap myself in the cloak of a miraculous life, one day at a time” — was amazing. I say this because I read these words about an hour after I decided to retire from 35 years of teaching and working in curriculum and staff development. It’s been a wonderful run, but now it’s time to spend more moments with a camera or canoe paddle in my hands looking for other miracles elsewhere … and given the timing of your article, I’d say maybe they’re already beginning.
    Thanks and take care,
    Chuck

    1. THANK YOU for this fabulous share, Chuck!! I’m right there with ya… and am going to imagine you creating those miracles every single day!

  3. Hello Karen! What a beautiful, insightful way to choose to live each day. You are blessed to have the talent, both visually and verbally, to document your miracles as they find their way into your life every day. I have not been following you on Facebook for years, and I’ve not had the privilege of meeting you. I have only recently discovered you and your amazing photography and writings, and of course your mesmerizing voice. You now are an inspiration for how I want to live my life. Mentor, guide, example, teacher, all of those; I don’t know what role you will play, but I’m anxious to see where you lead me.

    1. Wow, Donna – thank you so much. I appreciate your taking the time to share your wonderful thoughts… and will do my best to live up to them! 😀

  4. Karen -You are an inspiration 🙂 You in my opinion are a master photographer that has a healthy sense of humor and a deep understanding and love for life that usually I see concentrated in people that survive life threatening issues. Wow! Good Karma is coming your way, best wishes to you and your loved one in 2014 and beyond.

    1. How lovely… thank you Michael! I sure do appreciate those kind words… and ditto to you and yours for 2014!!

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