Reflections

The choice for living

Albert Einstein is reported to have said

“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.”

I think the reality for many, including me, is that we take short intermittent vacations between both destinations.

We spend a short season living as though nothing is a miracle. The next season we take time out to live the bliss of everything is a miracle.

However, for most of the year, we are back home living in the land between both vacation destinations. The land I call compromise or double-mindedness.

This is not a judgement or criticism. It simply is what it is – a necessary stage in the journey and process we must go through.

The realities of life and the legitimate demands of living in the world, do not easily lend themselves to the binary choice of ‘one or the other’.

Sometimes, we must live as though nothing is a miracle. It is all down to me, and the effort I can muster. At other times, the situation requires that we ‘let go and let God’ because we have exhausted all our energy and options. Everything beyond this point is a miracle.

This land in between is where many of us live. And this is ok … until it no longer is.

There comes a time when life, God, the universe will nudge (sometimes shove!) us to take a stand.

What do you see?

Who or what do you say you are?

What are you really about?

What really matters?

Some have answered these questions and arrived at a decision to live as though nothing is a miracle. They have gone on to achieve substantial things and made an impact in their lifetime.

Similarly, others have answered the same questions and arrived at a decision to live as though everything is a miracle. They too have gone on to achieve substantial things and made an impact in their lifetime.

What do you say? The land in between, or one of the two?

The journey continues ….

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