A Random Act of Appreciation

“Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.” – George Bernard Shaw

For many people in the world sleeping in a bed, under a roof with a full belly is a miracle.For many people in the world giving birth safely is a miracle.For many people in the world drinking clean water is a miracle.For many people in the world being warm in winter is a miracle.Without gratitude, a miracle can pass us by unnoticed, unseen or at very best, melt into another lovely moment. Gratitude connects us to our hearts and turns even the most ordinary and mundane experience into a sacred moment. On the other hand the most profound and life changing miracle will lose its brilliance, and fade unless it is accompanied by gratitude.

We cannot instantly change the situation of these millions of people but we do have the power to count our blessings and pay them forward in many ways.

Recently I read an article by Martin Corben who works on ABC radio in Sydney. He was travelling to work by train as he normally did, and out of the blue, he heard the train guard make an announcement over the loudspeaker. “’ I’d like to thank all passengers for boarding the train so quickly and efficiently as this train has now arrived at Central on time, despite there being a problem with the doors.”

The effect of this most unusual, random, congratulatory comment was that Martin, and probably many other passengers, felt ‘randomly good’ for the rest of the day. How many people stepped off that train and were inspired to pay back one random act of kindness with another? The guard certainly didn’t need to do that and he probably will never know what the impact of his announcement.

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