“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Einstein
Einstein was not just good at math and the sciences, he had a stream of thoughts that carried weight. This quote was one trickle from that stream.
There are many thoughts on the matter of what life really is. From Forest Gump’s – Life’s like a bar of chocolate to the thoughts of Plato and Socrates. There is the holy Word of God which some of us choose to listen to and others ignore.
We usually say something is ‘miraculous’ if it defies our logic and mental reach. Let’s break down what I think Einstein’s quote is saying. I could say more but I’m limiting it here. Maybe, you have read Einstein’s own explanation of what he meant but I am not privy to it, so you will have to put up with my own thoughts.
Nothing is a miracle.
Nothing is a miracle if we really recognize and are conscious of how all things are related and all actions correlated, no matter what age we are and where we find ourselves on the planet. We express shock about things that divert from our expectations or from the norm but if we began to anticipate what exceeds the normal or what deviates from the common and mundane then we wouldn’t be surprised when greater things happen or are discovered. We would accept them as a matter of course, and thereby generate more experiences and events like them. Are you following? It’s not that we would view things as banal and not credit the value of anything, but we would realize that wonder should be our course of life – and that includes our day to day activities, our finances and our calling. Nothing is a miracle means that we are living out and embracing the marvelous divine plan for the good of all people and of the earth.
Everything is a miracle.
Everything is a miracle can be seen both negatively and positively. If everything is a miracle it could mean that we are on a plateau of the ordinary and are pleasantly surprised when better comes along. At the same time, it can be living in a state of curiosity and awe at the potential and possibilities of things. At a basic level, it also means not taking anything for granted but rejoicing at all the marvels by which we are surrounded in people, nature, the stratosphere and at how much we do not know and can still discover. The everything is a miracle approach allows room for more and encourages limitlessness.
Whether we agree with Einstein’s view and decide to take one approach or the other, or both to balance our judgement, how will either approach change your life? Now that you know, what will you do about it?