Miracles surround us all the time, but often we don't see them. We're so busy with our daily routines that we lose sight of how extraordinary the commonplace can be. A tragedy, such as 9/11, can shock us and force us to look at the world differently. For a short time, we might treasure the ordinary-people, places, and activities-that once we took for granted. But as time passes, the usual, everyday experiences of our lives lose their luster and gradually return to boring gray.
Judaism splashes color on life's canvas. Our tradition challenges us to recite 100 blessings each day, many that prompt us to appreciate the daily miracles of life. We thank God for the obvious-the sunrise each day and the starlight each night-and we thank God for the not so obvious-the billions of nerves working flawlessly in our bodies that enable us to walk, whisper secrets to friends, or enjoy good books. If we choose to see miracles, we will cherish life more and our spirits will soar.
THINK ABOUT IT Why does it sometimes take a tragedy like 9/11 for us to appreciate the miracles around us? What can we do to start recognizing the miraculous in the ordinary?