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What makes up a miracle? Sometimes it is the the things we take for granted as indicated in this beautiful quote from Thich Nhat Hanh. This morning, I wondered what I might miss in anything I do.I concluded it was the things I most likely took for granted. Those are irreplaceable.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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  1. There are so many miracles that we take for granted … life, eye sight, health…

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  2. Very thought-provoking post, Ivon. Thank you. I think what we most often seem to fail to recognize as true miracles are the smaller things in life. For example, that single blade of bright green grass poking its head through a mound of snow; the sound of birds singing away on a cold, gloomy day; the smell of the air after a fresh rainfall… To me, things like that are miracles that we as humans have been taking for granted more and more as we give our lives away to the monotony of constant work and very little real play. I could go on about this; it’s something I think about a lot. I won’t. I will just say thank you for a great post, and have a great day and a great weekend ahead. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for reblogging my post! I’m glad it spoke to you and others as well. For as much chaos that can seem to exist in the world at times, I find that there is an even more abundance of healing in things like nature, art, and good company. These have the power to calm, heal and bring peace, but the key is in being present to them.

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  3. I just read a post about one woman’s first experience of a shower. She is handicapped and after many years of baths only she experienced her first shower. It’s amazing Ivon, even how the purposed to be aware of each moment, such as myself and you and many others…still miss so many beautiful daily things.

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  4. Thank you for the reminder. – It helps, indeed, to remember the value of what we actually have. 🙂

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  5. Thank you Ivon for this post, and also for pointing us in the direction of its source

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