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March 17, 2013

SHADES OF GREEN: Dealing with ailment opens writer’s eyes to miracles

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Giving thanks for all things, and accepting somethings like Bell’s Palsy which woke me up to identify many hopeful things.

Unassuming things, including the concept of clean water coming from my tap.

The right to clean air in my community — thanks to a commitment of many.

The greatness of having a farmers market that offers good, local, without preservative food

The importance of all the diversity that is interconnected in this world — even within our bodies that we take for granted every, every day — like moisture on the eyeball!

The ability to hold civil conversations and discussions about what is right and wrong (for me to emphasize the environment that gives us so much).

To be able to “Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)

This “ailment” helped me define what a miracle is: (Merrian Webster defines it as) “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment: a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law.”

I love Edward Abby’s earthy, guttural opinion about life. The author of “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and, according to Wikipedia, an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views, declares, “Only petty minds and trivial souls yearn for supernatural events, incapable of perceiving that everything — everything! — within and around them is pure miracle.”

Meaning: Make everything, good and bad, large and small, great and insignificant, a learning experience that brings forth positive wisdom and creates optimistic legacy.

Tackle those challenges, enjoy those daily miracles, defend all living things’ basic rights, be an active participant and citizen, and appreciate those mysteries of life!

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