• Cynthia McCarthy

Miracle Living

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but…I don’t know how to grow things. I’ve never had a garden. I can’t have house plants because the few times I’ve tried, it ended really badly for the plants. So, this is just something I’ve accepted about myself. I’m an adult. I’m not a planter-gardener type person. I’m okay with it.

When the Corona virus/Covid-19 pandemic began and we were all on lock-down quarantine, I started noticing that sometimes I couldn’t get every single thing I wanted from the grocery store. Like many people, I started thinking about the supply chain and specifically, how I get my food. I realized that I’m pretty darn dependent on the grocery store! (As I said, a farmer I am not.) I wasn’t panicked or scared or anything. I actually have complete faith in our food supply chain—my inconvenience has been minimal. I just started thinking about whether I could grow something I could actually eat. How would one even learn to do that?

Remember the “Victory Gardens” people planted during World War I and World War II when some foods were rationed and it was harder to get fruits and vegetables? At its peak in 1943, there were 18 million victory gardens in the United States! Surely some of those people had never grown their own plants before, right? The most intriguing part, to me, was that these gardens were considered a “morale booster” in that people could feel empowered and rewarded for their efforts. That made me want to try it even more. Couldn’t we all use a “morale boost” during this pandemic?

Having literally no experience gardening, I ordered some seeds, potting soil, and starter pots from a home improvement store’s website. Let me be really clear about my intention: I wasn’t attempting to plant a garden to feed myself and my family. My approach was more child-like intrigue, as in: “Can I actually do this? Let’s have fun and see what happens!” I viewed the whole thing as an experiment in positivity, a way to challenge myself, and a life-affirming spiritual exercise during my first global pandemic.

You’ll never guess what happened! (Or maybe you can—you probably learned how to grow plants in the 4th grade like a normal person.) My seeds sprouted! Every single one of them! Within just a few days, there were tiny little green seedlings popping up from the soil. I had tears in my eyes the first time I saw them. My own little plant babies! What a miracle! Which leads me to the point of this blog…

I really did see it that way! Life is full of miracles. There is a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that says: “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.” There are so many miracles all around us, every day. My gardening experiment was a terrific reminder of this.

I mean, c’mon! You put a seed in some dirt and give it some water, and it sprouts and grows into a plant that will eventually produce food. That’s a miracle!

Two random people meet, fall in love and have a baby. Textbook creation at it’s finest. That’s a miracle!

Every one of us “humans” is a walking miracle. Your heart beats 100,000 times a day without you doing a thing to help it, sending blood to all your body systems and organs, which all function perfectly for optimal, balanced health. Talk about an ongoing miracle!

You open up an app on your cell phone, click a button, and suddenly you’re video chatting with Grandma, sitting in her room, clear across the country. The internet, cell phones, apps…those are modern day miracles!

Outside temperatures soar to a miserable 100 degrees, but inside it’s cool and comfortable. Air conditioning (and don’t forget heat during the winter!) is a miracle.

A deadly virus spreads around the world, but teams of scientists, researchers, and medical doctors develop not only an effective treatment, but a successful vaccine that stops the spread of the disease in its tracks. I’m looking forward to that miracle!

It’s challenging to live our lives as if everything is a miracle. Let’s be honest, we might start to look and sound like a nut, but we also might feel better about the world and our place in it by viewing things this way. Believing that our experiences are miraculous, no matter how mundane, helps us naturally lean toward gratitude, and gratitude increases happiness!

If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to water my miracle plant babies, which I just transplanted into larger pots. I’m taking this seriously!

I invite you to look for the miracles today. Acknowledge them. Give thanks for them. Celebrate them!

Rev Cynthia

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