Monday, December 15, 2008

The Miracle of Every Day

This is the time of year when people often speak of miracles and that is lovely, wonderful and I suppose necessary. We seem to have a hard time wrapping our minds around every day miracles. I guess it's like when we lose someone we love and we vow to treat everyone still with us better. We promise ourselves to appreciate them - and ourselves - fully. We are so sure we will spend more time, take more care, offer more support.

Eventually we fall back into daily routines - and that's OK. After my sister died I tried to keep up a level of involvement that nearly wore me out. To some degree I think I still do. Maybe that's why I am so exhausted. I don't have the head for self analysis right now.

Plus I'd really rather analyze everyone else - hehehehehehehe

I take comfort in knowing there are people who are every day miracles. There is something in them, around them that flows out and touches the world. And they are the truly powerful people in the world.

One of these people is my friend Maithri.

He made a video for Christmas. For the things he cares about. For the light he carries with him.

For Peace. For Love. For Change.

For Every Day Miracles.

Take a look - give yourself these 5 minutes.


There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein


Granny Annie said...

I am sad twice. Kenju with Imagine has posted this link on her blog too and made it sound as inviting as you have done. Woe is me, my Gol'Darn dial up internet won't let me open it.

Ivanhoe said...

Cannot watch it at work and home laptop is still at doctor's.
I believe in mirackes though ;o)
Hope you feeling better, hon :o)

Sylvia K said...

Thank you for introducing us and particularly me, to this beautiful person! I will follow his blog. What an inspiration! and just what all of us need during this particular holiday season! Love and blessings to you, hope you are feeling better!

Dianne said...

granny annie - I remember the days of dial up!! I hope you can still see some of the wonderful stories and photos Maithri posts. I didn't realize Kenju had linked to him as well :)
great minds think a like

ivanhoe - hope your laptop comes home soon
good luck again on all your tests - you'll be great and it won't take a miracle - just you :)
I am sick of being sick so I'm just ignoring it

sylvia - glad you like his blog - I find so much there.
hugs :)

gabrielle said...

Thank you Diane for introducing us to Maithri. He is truly inspired. Reminding us with his poetry, his vision, his life that every day is new. One summer, I volunteered to do agricultural work. I was on a ladder picking pears. Meanwhile I was somewhere else in my head. An older woman beside me remarked, look at each pear, how beautiful it is.

There are so many lights in the world. You are one of them. I am happy you are feeling better! Take good care.

Natalie said...

One of my all-time favorite Einstein quotes! (And I have a lot.)

As much as I'm not really into the holidays, I think they are a good reminder to take stock of what's important and how we can improve ourselves to make the world a little bit better. I enjoyed Maithri's video, thanks for posting.

(PS - I have to take Nellie to the new vet tomorrow. She has a mysterious owie that needs attention and I'm going to have her tested for diabetes. I'm very anxious about it, tell Mi and Si to send good vibes to their cousin!)

Dianne said...

gabrielle - what a wonderful experience that must have been - I see your light always as well :)

auntie babe - I love Al ;)
I feel much the same way about the holiday especially since there are no small ones in the family - but that will be different next year :)
Mia and Siren are crossing their paws for good news
my sweet JR was diabetic and lived very happily and comfortably with it and he was quite old (15) when he was diagnosed - I even master the insulin shots
make sure to e-mail me when you know what's what.
hugs sweetie

bobbie said...

Thank you so much, Dianne, for this link. What a beautiful video! And what a beautiful person!

Jay said...

I prefer to analyze everyone else rather than myself too. LOL

I'll wander over and watch the video.

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Glad you are back blogging! Took a look at Maithri's older posts and cried over Googoo's story.

HIV is a devastating killer. I hope her orphans are doing ok. I am terrible with news stories and stuff like that. I'll think about them years later and just wonder. Maybe it is God's way of reminding me to pray for them, or maybe I just think about things too much. :[

Deborah Godin said...

What a beautiful post, video, and person! Thanks for making my day!!

Dianne said...

bobbie - oh you're welcome!! I knew you would appreciate him and the video.

jay - it really is easier isn't it!! lol
and I usually know exactly what other people should do too ;)

mrs c - I think it is because you have a good heart
Maithri is going back to Swaziland in April - Googoo's children need more people like him.

deborah - you're welcome. thank you for checking it out
I loved how the words and music were so perfectly in sync - and so many of the images just stayed in my heart :)

Kelly said...

Wow Dianne!

What an amazing video that Maithri made! He seems to be an "angel" on earth! I am so glad that you posted this link to his blog and this writing about him!!

I have not been very good about keeping up with anyone recently. This is a hard time of the year, I guess. I am sad to hear that you are sick and I do hope that you are feeling better!

I'm sorry about you losing your sister and I really do agree with you that we should all appreciate each other a lot more each and everyday. I lost my mother on the 17th of this month, 11 years ago and it is still painful!!!! I don't think this kind of pain of losing a loved one can ever totally heal. Maybe it shouldn't either, this way we always keep them alive in our mind, heart and soul!


Mom Knows Everything said...

I'm off to check out the video. Have a great day! :o)

Anonymous said...

Very nice video by Maithri. It made me take notice that there's a much wider world beyond the walls in my home and the confines of my cubicle. Thanks for sharing this Di.

Dianne said...

kelly - anniversaries, especially this time of year, are hard - hugs to you
maithri's video heals the soul a bit :)

tammy - I hope you will be touched by it :)

spartacus - you really touched on something important - I have been working in this damn basement so many hours and then getting sick that I lost sight of the bigger picture - that video is a wonderful, touching reminder
you're so smart :)

Sparkling Red said...

I'm finding that the trick to noticing miracles is to slow down. My resolution for 2009 is to stop putting pressure on myself to accomplish so much; to rather find the "much" in the little moments.

Unknown said...

Oh, my. I have to dab my eyes now. Thanks for directing us to your lovely friend's video. Some people are born to pass on the light to others. Thank goodness for them.

Errant said...

that was so touchy .. thanx for sharing

Shelly said... I have to admit to being a Maithri lurker ;)
He's amazing...and so are you darlin'.

Daryl said...

I believe in miracles of every sort ... lovely video


Anonymous said...

Wonderful stuff.

I'm another who would rather analyse others than myself - it's a trait I'm trying to dampen down a bit, as pop psychology (as practised by moi) isn't pretty!

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

can't see it at work..will try and come back later...

Anndi said...

Isn't he just an angel? I'm so glad I decided to visit him a while back after reading the lovely comments he's been leaving here.

Billie Greenwood said...

Yes, it is a great video. So good of you to publicize it! Hugs to you, Dianne.

Dianne said...

sparkling - what a great resolution - I think I'll try that as well :)

pagan - it is an eye dabber isn't it
maithri makes a wonderful keeper of the light

errant - I am glad you liked it :)

shelly - thanks Lady!!
hope you are doing well, I check your place every couple of days - no pressure of course ;)

daryl - somehow I knew you would - hell you believe in Santa - which of course you should :)

jackie - I think it's pretty human to fix others rather than ourselves
I'm not sure if I can stop lol

bond - well 'heck-a-doodle' to work - don't they know video viewing makes you more productive

anndi - he is :)
as I told him once - a comment from him is like a great big hug!!

border - thanks for saying that
I wanted as many as possible to see it - it's so lovely and so well done - I love how the images fit the music so perfectly :)

Ron said...

Hi Dianne!

Beautiful share!

Thank you for reminding me to notice and appreciate the MANY everyday Miracles!!!!

I need to remember this right now!

Love ya, dear lady!

Fran said...

You already know that I think this video is extraordinary.

As you are!

Dianne said...

ron - I love ya too!! Don't let those horrible shoppers get you down!
wish I was closer - I'd bring you coffee with a little something in it ;)

fran - I know you appreciate it, that's why you're so lovely.
hope the storms aren't giving you too much grief

Maithri said...

My dear friend,

I got to work this morning to find a host of new patients had been admitted under my unit over night.... At 2.30pm I was finishing my ward round and was going to get my lunch when i was called to urgently come and recusitate a patient who had just had a huge pulmonary embolus (a clot in the lung)....

Its now 4pm over here and Im sitting down with my sandwhich and bottle of water to take a deep breath and recollect my thoughts...

To come here and read your beautifully kind and humbling words... feels as though a warm breeze has entered the room...

like a fragrant flower has fallen suddenly into my hand...

My mind, my heart is renewed...

All thanks to you...

Sending you my deep gratitude and a loving embrace across the waters,

What a miracle you are,


Dianne said...

maithri - I'm very pleased that anything I say could make you feel renewed - thanks for telling me so. I hope the rest of your day is calmer with miracles for all.

Raven said...

Took me all day to finally listen to the video in full and then I went and read some of his poetry as well. What a beautiful soul! You are right and I thank you for pointing him out. (Again. I know you mentioned him once before and I was moved by my visit that time as well.)

Dianne said...

raven - a beautiful soul he is :)
and yes, his poetry is wonderful - much like yours is.

Odat said...

Wow...thanks for that!!! It's just what I needed !

and.....hiya and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Dianne said...

odat - so wonderful to hear from you!!!!
I wish you all the best for the holidays and for the new year - you deserve the best

Linda Reeder said...

That was beautiful, and so much more the "Reason for the Season" that most.

Dianne said...

linda - absolutely!! I'm so glad you liked it :)

Hilary said...

Lovely video.. thanks so much for pointing it out. :)

Dianne said...

hilary - glad you liked it

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for bringing my attention to Mithri's Video and his marvelous blog. I'm touched to the core ... filled with hope after viewing his inspirational creation ... and intend to spread the word.
Hugs and blessings,

storyteller said...

... and I neglected to mention that this Einstein quote is one of my favorites.
Hugs and blessings,

Dianne said...

storyteller - Africa is for many people so far off and so unknown - one of the things I love about Maithri's blog is that he makes the struggles real - and he suggests simple ways to help
plus he is just such a lovely man
and yep - I love me my Al ;)

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