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The Miracle Challenge – day #7

Do you know how many days I sit down at my computer to write The Miracle Journal and have no idea what to write about?  More than I’d like you to know.  But the very act of showing up and being WILLING is part of the miracle that I’ve experienced over the last nine months.

I found this great image at blog.eprofits.com in another interesting blog entry about the willingness to show up. Click the image to read it.

I share this today because of some of the Miracle Challenge postings that are being posted:

When I sat down to think about what my miracle today was, nothing seemed to stand out. Then I realized the fact that I was still participating in this challenge, as well as working on my self-worth exercises daily is a miracle. Normally, I can only maintain a commitment to healing and self-love for a handful of days before something happens which makes for a good excuse to put it all off for a day. Then it so difficult to muster up the drive to pick it back up again the next day and the next, until all the progress was lost in a blah mess. So good bye excuses and here’s to making it on to day 7 tomorrow!

And that’s exactly the point – sometimes the biggest miracle is just showing up.

One of the games I have played with myself in the past is this: I make a daily commitment.  I miss a day.  The next day I tell myself I have to do the commitment twice.  I don’t have enough energy.  I miss a second day.  The next day I tell myself I have to do the commitment three times.  I’m too tired.  I miss a third day.  And then I never do it again.

Here’s the new path: missed a day?  No problem.  Start again fresh tomorrow.  :-)

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Steph

    I’d like to feel thankful for my health today, instead of stressing out about the one small little pain in the butt I have (literally, sciatic pain in the butt). I’ve been feeling down about getting old/having to work out so that my back doesn’t hurt. But overall, aside from the minor back issues, I’m healthy and that’s a miracle I can and should focus on.

  2. Dela

    I so appreciate your blog today…about willingness. My miracle today will follow along those lines of willingness. I want to write about the struggles and hard times of a blended family with a special needs stepchild..yet as I am changing my language/wording, and the thoughts I think; and digging deep to find the willingness to love and live with grace I am only able to bring to the forefront of my awareness positive words and thoughts. That in itself is a miracle…this challenge has gifted me everyday the willingness to look and think and ‘do’ in a way that grace resides…thankyou

  3. Loretta Stride

    I don’t know if this constitutes a miracle, but I just love my life today!

  4. Leah Carey

    @Loretta – your comment just caught my eye. Isn’t loving your life the very definition of a miracle?! :-)

    I have a crazy-amazing financial miracle today! Remember back on Sept. 14 I wrote about getting a check I was pretty sure I wasn’t entitled to? (http://www.themiraclejournal.com/2011/09/14/show-me-the-money/) I had to be tenacious in continuing to ask about whether it was correct or not – I felt like I was continuing to be tested, because at any point I could have just given up and said, “Well, I guess I’ll keep it.” But I didn’t. Yesterday I finally was told who the RIGHT person was to ask, and I did. I actually handed him the check and asked him to look into it.

    Today he walked right up to me, handed the check back to me and said, “You earned every bit of it. Cash it.”

    Oh my goodness! I really didn’t expect that AT ALL!!! Really paying attention to my attitudes about money is making amazing shifts that I didn’t know were possible. I’m so grateful!! :-)

  5. TR

    Today I am gratefully for the universe reminding me that no matter how hard times were, we have always been able to afford to see the doctor if needed. We have also been able to provide the monthly medications I need. Thank heavens for that!

  6. Susan M

    @Leah – I just had a strong feeling that that check was going to come back to you! And now you can cash it and invest it with integrity. Yay for you!

    Miracle for the day: My intention to be more mindful is working. It is almost becoming habit. After 6 days of regularly having to stop mid-track and shift gears from mindless to mindful, I can feel it becoming more natural. Almost! Kind of like auto-pilot. Today I had several instances in which I warded off the mindlessness gremlin without as much effort. And, I can hear my inner voice so much more clearly. WOW! I call that my “Goddess Voice” and , girl, she talks up a storm all day. I had no idea because I’ve never really taken time to listen. Can’t wait to hear what all she has to say tomorrow!

  7. LMVL

    I’ve been thinking about trust. If you open yourself up to being vulnerable and choose to trust.. you’ll most certainly experience heartbreak to a number of degrees. If you withhold trust and hold everything in, you miss out on receiving authentic love and kindness, which causes a certain kind of hurt and heartache as well. Hmm… that “better to love and lost, than to never have loved at all” theory comes to mind. So here my greater self-question emerges – what comes first – the fear of trusting, having faith, believing in one’s value and losing pieces of yourself, or the practice of crushing your own self worth leaving you so empty and lonely at times that the only rational conclusion becomes that you are not worthy of love. And so the cycle begins or ends, and begins again.

    If I offer trust, and become disappointed and heartbroken . . . what’s the worst that happens? Because of the truthful nature of trust . . . I suppose it means I have to face the real issues that disappoint me and cause me pain. Ouch! That sounds scary. And here is where the light shines on my own little dark miracle – I am afraid of the truth. I am afraid of the consequence of truth so I avoid the confrontation by withholding trust, and distancing myself from the events that would uncover the real issues. Double Ouch. Miracle #2 . . . I have just admitted this and there is no turning back.

    I never thought I’d get so close to the root of all of this so quickly.

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