Sep 27

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The Miracle Challenge, day #13

I get a daily email from Inner Visions with an inspirational thought or lesson. As I continue looking at my finances through this Miracle Challenge, I’m really struck by this morning’s message about the difference between WANTS and NEEDS, so I thought I would share:

Hilarious! Click the image to see Joanna Alberti's "Philo-Sophies" 🙂

“If you were to think about it you would discover that everything that is absolutely essential to your well being, you already have.  You have a heart.  You have a brain. You have lungs which give you the ability to breathe.  In addition to that, everything you have ever needed has always shown up. It may be true that it was not there when you thought it should be there. On the other hand, if what you absolutely needed for your well being wasn’t given to you, you wouldn’t be here.  The point is do not confuse your needs and your wants.

Very often we place demands on the universe to provide us with the things we want by saying that we need them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a want.  However, when they are not satisfied, you must not be fooled into believing that the universe does not support you. Nor should you believe it is an indication that you cannot trust the universe to take care of you.  Here is an example of how that could happen.

Let’s say you live 50 miles outside of town and you have no transportation.  You might  think that you need a car to get around. Granted a car would make it more convenient for you to get around.  It would make you feel a lot more comfortable knowing that if there was an emergency you could get someplace fast.  However, the truth of the matter is that you don’t need a car, you want one.  You have feet.  There are bicycles.  Hopefully you have neighbors.  Or perhaps, you could be a bit more prudent about the situations you put yourself into expecting the universe to get you out.”

Reading this, I see that I’ve let a lot of money slip through my fingers by believing that I needed things that were actually wants.  Today I will work on being more mindful.

What about you?  What’s your miracle for the day?  How are you doing with the Challenge?  How are you feeling about it?

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. Loretta

    Getting back to my original idea of keeping in touch with friends from both Mass and NH while I am living in these two worlds…I was visiting my daughters at their colleges this weekend and low and behold, a NH neighbor shows up at my daughters house with his son whom attends her college! I may have gone overboard because I haven’t had a free night in two weeks!! Thank you!

  2. LMVL

    It’s hard to recognize miracles when you’re entire household is sick with various flu-like symptoms. =P

    However – along the lines of needs…. I am very grateful for the access to and supply of healthy fruits, clean water, over the counter as well as homeopathic remedies, humidifiers, vicks vapor rub, throat lozenges, lysol, a washer and dryer in my home, clean sheets, orange juice, enough tissues and the hope for feeling better each new day.

    Taking moments throughout my day to remember – not everyone has as many comforts and the flu virus does not discriminate.

  3. Leah Carey

    I’ve been really good about taking my lunch to work with me lately and about eating at home. I often find that my choice to get meals out isn’t a lack of food at home, but boredom with always eating the same thing. This week when I did my grocery shopping I chose some different foods so I’d have variety. So this week instead of having rotisserie chicken on salad every day, I made salmon cakes and have had them on kale. It’s been such a welcome change and I don’t feel the need to eat out!

  4. Susan M

    Mindfulness vs. Mindlessness.
    Today was a jam packed day. Not any “driveway moments” today to sit and ponder. But just having this intention and practicing mindfulness has initiated an underground shift in me. It is coming more easily and naturally. Today I found myself to be much more attentive to each person I interacted with. That felt so good.

  5. Eileen

    I fritter away a lot of time when I could be using that productively, so I’m trying to be mindful of how important it is for me to just “show up.” Yesterday I was feeling under the weather with the beginnings of a cold and I started to talk myself out of going to yoga, which I really love, but then I realized it was a matter of just showing up and beginning. If I started to feel really bad during class I could leave, but by just being there I was making a commitment to my health and well being.

    Plus, yesterday some unexpected money came my way! Thank you Universe!

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