(I began rereading my own book, Uncharted Journey, which is about living through transitions, all kinds of transitions: getting older, losing a job, children growing through various stages, death, etc. I realized that it is speaking, too, of the transitions of living through this pandemic.)
“Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“When you choose to live as if all of life is a miracle, then you align in mysterious ways with the mysterious—call that God, the universe, chi. You admit that you do not really know much about life and that even when you are not happy with life at the moment, you are willing to hold on until you see the sun peak out from behind the clouds. By the way, how does that happen?
When all life is a miracle, things happen that you do not like and…and…then they change. You live with hope because miracles surround you. They are above you, below you, beside you, inside you. They make life an adventure, no matter what in particular is happening. Even pain is a miracle because the pain leads to growth in small or large, ordinary or strange ways. …
“When you get to a certain point on your life journey, this question of everything in life being a miracle or nothing being a miracle becomes more important. Your decision affects your attitude, your sense of value, your openness to face whatever is on your path. You can choose—yes, you really can—how you will proceed through the next hours, days, weeks, months, and years. You may revisit your decision at any time.
“Current evidence may point you to the position that nothing in life is a miracle. That’s a way to choose to live. Later something may happen that knocks you off your well-planted feet and you decide that everything is a miracle. Or you may decide that all life is a miracle and then you begin to suspect, because of what’s going on in your world, that you may be wrong. You reverse your choice.
Keep asking the question of whether everything is a miracle or nothing, no matter which end of the spectrum you choose. Think about it when you’re brushing your teeth, driving to the store, preparing a meal, returning messages, getting dressed, waiting in line, or just waking up.
As you live with this challenge from Albert Einstein, watch what happens. If you like what you experience, YAY! If you don’t, then let it go. The choice is yours.” (BLT, Uncharted Journey, p 14-15)