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August 29, 2009 / theoldsilly

A Saturday Pontification

We often look for miracles in life. Jesus had to convince the people of his times of his God connectedness and powers with the performing of miracles. But what is a miracle, really? Is not your very existence a miracle? Is there any plausible explanation for the existence of a beautiful sunrise, a dandelion, a mountain range, an exquisite orchid or a baby’s first smile?

The miraculous is in the eye of the beholder, thus sayeth the Old Silly. And today’s pontification comes from a like minded brilliant man, Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

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  1. Cactus Annie / Aug 29 2009 6:24 am

    Love this one. It’s true life itself, the whole world, is a miracle. πŸ™‚

  2. Stanley Berber / Aug 29 2009 6:51 am

    Good Saturday Pont, Marv. And so true.

  3. Elizabeth Spann Craig / Aug 29 2009 7:57 am

    One of my favorite pictures is the original pic of the Earth from the moon that the astronauts took. I know they were just blown away by the sight and eager to share it with the warring Earth. A beautiful planet. The same applies to the little things out in our individual yards….hummingbirds, flowers, tomatoes. Great point, Marvin.

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

    • theoldsilly / Aug 29 2009 9:31 am

      Elizabeth, YES! That image of the beautiful blue earth looming large in the horizon of the moon is dazzling isn’t it?

  4. Karen Walker / Aug 29 2009 8:55 am

    I was just reflecting on this very thing yesterday when the physical therapist was explaining to me the mechanics of how the shoulder works and I thought it miraculous. Everything indeed, is a little miracle. Thanks for the reminder, Marvin.
    Karen

    • theoldsilly / Aug 29 2009 9:32 am

      So true Karen. Just the fact we can move and pick up a cup of coffee and have the dexterity to play instruments – all that – it’s a miracle!

  5. Helen Ginger / Aug 29 2009 10:06 am

    I know I saw and felt miracles when my two kids were born. Amazing and miraculous.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

    • theoldsilly / Aug 29 2009 1:52 pm

      Amen, Helen – isn’t THAT the truth!

  6. Lynn, The Story Woman / Aug 29 2009 10:42 am

    Now if we could all look at life each day in such a way…wouldn’t that be a miracle?

  7. quirkyloon / Aug 29 2009 11:34 am

    It is a choice to believe in miracles. After all, even when Jesus performed miracles, there were still many unbelievers.

    I choose to believe!

    AND…yes the very air we breathe is a miracle!

    • theoldsilly / Aug 29 2009 1:55 pm

      Yep, Quirky. And I’m a ‘chooser to believe’ too!

  8. spunkonastick / Aug 29 2009 12:56 pm

    Amen!
    It’s in the common that God works His miracles.

    And yes, back up and running at full steam! Computer all clean and good to go. Glad it didn’t happen in the middle of my blog tour, although another review was just posted last night.

    • theoldsilly / Aug 29 2009 1:53 pm

      Glad to hear it, Diane – I’ll be stopping by your blog in a bit. Thanks for agreement in “the common.” πŸ˜‰

  9. yvonne lewis / Aug 29 2009 1:06 pm

    Excellent one Marvin.

    Enjoy your week-end.

    Yvonne

  10. John Standish / Aug 29 2009 1:18 pm

    Awesome quote. Just remembered this blog and came back to visit. Glad I did, good reminder to live by!

  11. julielomoe / Aug 29 2009 2:34 pm

    Hi Marvin. I love this quote. It reminds me of why I’ve been a visual artist most of my life – painting and drawing are great ways to appreciate the miraculous in the everyday. And as a Unitarian Universalist, I believe Emerson is a wonderful source of wisdom.

    Julie Lomoe’s Musings Mysterioso

  12. Katrina Wampler / Aug 29 2009 5:35 pm

    So true…. so good to have a small reminder to take notice in the day to day things we take for granted. Thanks Marv for such a wonderful bit of wisdom.

  13. ReformingGeek / Aug 29 2009 9:16 pm

    May we all wake up wiser tomorrow! Good one, Marvin!

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