Each January, we resolve to change ourselves and our ways so this year will be better than the year before. We plan to be more organized, more motivated, more disciplined. Always ” more,” and when we don’t succeed, we feel unhappy, inadequate and disappointed. While goals are desirable, the miracle of everyday life is equally important.
Buddha said, “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Life occurs in the present. If our gaze is too much on the future or in the past, we lose the chance to experience the abundance life offers.
I remember when my daughters were in elementary school and would burst in the door, chattering about the day. Sometimes, I would listen. Other times, I was occupied with work or making dinner, and wouldn’t pay much attention. I recall the disappointment on their faces when they saw I wasn’t interested. Likewise, I recall how much I missed those chances during middle school and high school when it was far more important that they speak to their friends than me.
Now when they’re around and want to talk, I stop and listen. At 18 and 22, they may not be around much longer. I savor our moments together, and know it’s what matters most. Buddha also said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Look for the miracle each day brings. It’s right in front of us waiting to be found.