Today is a Day of Miracles

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”- Paulo Coelho

On 7/10/09 – an excellent morning – I headed out to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I had on pocket-less sweat pants, so once I got my shopping cart, I put my wallet and keys in the cart to free my hands (do you see where this is going?).

After I checked out and loaded my car with the groceries, I returned my shopping cart to one of the little outside “corrals” they have between parking spots, and as I walked back to my car, I realized I forgot to purchase Lactaid (the secret to my occasional dairy consumption)! Ten steps back inside the store, I had an even bigger realization that I LEFT MY WALLET OUTSIDE in the shopping cart. I ran back out, wondering if it would still be there, but it was too late – the wallet was gone.

I felt a little discouraged, but forgave myself my mistake, affirmed this as another life lesson with some sort of hidden benefit and headed home with the groceries. After telling my wife what happened I immediately called the banks to report all my debit cards stolen. The good news was that I wasn’t carrying any cash and the license was the only thing I’d need to pay to replace, so I felt pretty good about it in spite of my immediate reaction!

This morning, I got up at about 3am to change my newborn son’s diaper. Since I was wide awake, I decided to go to the same 24hour grocery store to grab a few items. On the way to the car, I stopped at the mailbox to get yesterdays mail and there was a handwritten envelope addressed to me with a Chevron return address (Pryor St). I wondered what it could possibly be, opened it up and inside was a panel of a KOOLs cigarette box with a note scribbled on it saying “Your wallet is at the Chevron on Pryor St {address}” – dated 7/12.

Lessons from Rocks & Sand plus Inspiration

Lessons from Rocks & Sand plus Inspiration

Two stories came to mind today, both involving rocks and sand, that reminded me of interesting lessons. You may have heard the first, but I’d like to recount it here:

“A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2” diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed

He asked his students again if the jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing.

There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.”

Another way I thought of looking at this today is to consider the ROCKS as truth principles / the reality of life or laws of the universe whereas the rest is just the appearances of things.   If you are familiar with the biblical parable of building a house on the rock vs on the sand, then you probably know the moral of the story is to build your house on a strong foundation so it can withstand storms.

In life, the storms can be external circumstances and building your house on a strong foundation is equivalent to building your life on inspired action and truth principles beyond mere appearances.  Making the inspired action or guidance the priority is how to apply the moral of the first story.

Building your house on sand is like building your life based on your own rational understanding, your limited sensory perception and your limited experience.    When trouble comes, you are easily shaken, frustrated and confused.

Build on the rocks, my friend, and the sand will follow.

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