Just Outside Your Window

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though
nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is.” – Albert Einstein

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The following passage was copied from SparkPeople and goes well with the
quote and photo, I think. See if its truth speaks to you. :)

“What do you appreciate and what do you ignore? Is a sunrise any less special because its image wouldn’t make it on a magazine cover? Is any day less precious because, in your mind, “nothing special happened?” For some reason, it’s hard to be impressed with anything these days. Driving a car is a source of strain instead of wonder. The internet is already old news. Quick, when was the last time you paid attention to a space shuttle flight? Remember when that was all people could talk about? Once you take something for granted, you also take the life out of it. When nothing is “special”, boredom and gloom aren’t far behind. Look around where you’re sitting right now, and try to see it for the first time, like a child would. Think about the human potential that created the stuff in the room. Think about the miracles of nature right outside your window. Think about how amazing it is that you’re even here to see it.”

Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

19 thoughts on “Just Outside Your Window”

  1. Thanks so much Nancy, that is my favorite quote of all time. You are so right. I remember we were allowed to bring our transistor radios to school to listen to the launch of John Glenn into space for the first time. It was a very big deal. The wonders that surround us are unfathomable really, thanks for reminding us to see that.

  2. Einstein’s quote and SparkPeople’s passage reminds us all just what a miracle every breath, every taste, every sight, every smell, every movement is each and every day. Some people do not have some or any of those blessings, so count each one you have with gusto and purpose. Lovely post, Nancy.

  3. What a wonderful quote and passage today Nancy. We do take alot of things for granted on a daily basis. Thanks for reminding me to take time to count my blessings.

  4. nancy, It is the best way to live…as if everything is a miracle…and it is! It saddens me to see jaded and bored children. Great quote, as is your thought of the day.

  5. Nice Einstein quote. I’ve liked discovering how he actually respects spirituality in the world–so many scientists use him as a prop to bash any sense of the divine in nature. He had a healthy dose of both reason and wonder, as we all should.

  6. Everything is a miracle, even the great and terrible things. Gardening can humble you if you look hard enough at what’s there.


  7. This is one of those times when I don’t want anyone to go home. Let’s pull up her and park on this subject. Wouldn’t it be grand to start a discussion on this very quote and reflection. I can think of a million examples. Nancy what a meaningful post and the bee says it all.

  8. Lovely post! Fortunately I have managed to keep that way that children have when they look at things. I see beauty in many things and the miracle of all. :-)

  9. Hi Nancy, this lesson has been driven home to me so many times in the past few years. Those in our age group are primed for a return to childlike awareness and wonder.

    A grandchild is one of the greatest teachers of this, one of the most important of life lessons. Our little guy is a gift in so many ways, not the least of which are the ways he’s reminded us to be awake and aware of those things we miss in our rush and preoccupation. From the sound of a distant train to the senior citizen standing behind us in the grocery store checkout lane, he seems to miss nothing, including every possible opportunity to see, connect, and interact.

    The shots of your grandson in your sidebar are a perfect accompaniment to this wonderful post.

  10. Wonderful words of wisdom. Gratitude is so important. Those that appreciate the little things in life are those that are truly blessed.

  11. Nancy-
    The quote and the photo are perfect.

    I think that paying attention and noticing the delight to be had in everyday nature is something that can truly be transformational.

    Thanks for a lovely post.


  12. Such a great quote to accompany an absolutely gorgeous and dreamy photo. I love SparkPeople but missed this quote, so I’m glad you showcased it here. It’s a philosophy I hold dear.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  13. I hope I never lose these wonder of viewing God’s creation. Life is such a miracle.

    I have discovered that even the most common of things is special and spectacular when viewed through the lens of a camera.

    Great post!

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