Dear Reader,

All my life I have been a very positive person. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason; most of the time we don't even know it yet. Even in the worst of situations, the decisions we make can change the path of our lives. This is why I chose this quote as my personal philosophy statement; "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle," Albert Einstein. As Einstein clearly understands, we can choose to view the happenings of our lives as miracles, or a simple set of events that fill our lives, some worse than others. I chose to view life as though everything is a miracle. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where things sure don’t feel like a miracle, but I do not dwell my life on these times. Our family has been through a fare share of difficult experiences, as do all people, but looking back upon every event, something positive came out of it and we all become just a little stronger.

I feel very passionate about positivity and the power it truly has over our lives. So far, this feeling has gotten me far. My mom was in a small car accident 8 years ago, and has gotten worse ever since. She received whip-lash that day of her neck and now the muscles, nerves, and joints of her neck are all in a jumble. She has experienced different procedures and surgeries, been to countless doctors, tried every type of treatment under the sun, and we had to watch the decline in her well-being. Right now the events of that day eight years ago seem far from a miracle, and even now none of us would even put it in that category, but I had faith that we would see a light. Recently, she has made a turn-around. She is by no means where she hopefully will be at some point, but my mom is better: she is better. Those are words that we have not been able to speak in a long time. On the negative side, my family and I could reflect on all of the days we have lost, the places we have not been able to see because of the constant pain, but where does that get us? Nowhere. I know that in the end, my mom will be stronger than ever; she will live her life to the fullest to “make up” for lost time. Even now that she has made some amazing progress, her life as well as ours has changed greatly for the better. As a family we will have grown even closer, and our time together will be well spent. In the middle of trials, it is the most difficult to “look on the bright side”, but when someone is able to, it can make all the difference.

Being able to see the miracles truly is an art, an art that takes years to master and is ever growing. Life will never work out the way we plan, but when looking through the rear-view mirror, I believe that it always turns out better. Buddha once said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Everything is beautiful; everything is a miracle from God. Even the spiders hiding in the corners of the basement, just look at the quilts they weave in their webs.

The whole idea of a miracle is beautiful:


    • an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
    • such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
    • a wonder; marvel.
    • any amazing or wonderful occurrence

There is no other idea or word like miracle. This concept can be reflected in all areas of life and literature, compared to books, stories, and events. Through this wikispace, I wish to explore this encompassing idea in multiple forms of literature.

Sincerely,

Melissa