Sep 19

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The Miracle Challenge – day #5

Happy Monday!

I continue to be thrilled and amazed at the beauty of what’s happening here.  The miracles that each of you are posting are really special.  I hope that you’re feeling pleased with your own commitment and movement.

This morning I found a fascinating lesson in my inbox.  The first email in the list was an “Explanation and Some Reflections” from the CEO of Netflix.  Inside he gave the explanation that should have been given many weeks ago before they made significant price and structure changes to their service and lost a huge number of customers.

I read his email with the feeling of “too little, too late” – it doesn’t change my decision to drop the service (which is part of becoming more responsible financially.)  Even in this “catch-up” explanation, it feels cold and corporate.

After finishing his email, I opened three entries in a row for the Miracle Challenge that had to do with mindfulness and opening your hearts.  What an amazing difference!!  Here is a sense of warmth and connection that the CEO of NetFlix could only dream of when creating his email.

It makes me wonder – if the heads of corporations would participate in something like The Miracle Challenge where they focused on mindfulness and opening their hearts, how much more effective would their communications be with us, their customers?

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 Stride

    My miricle today is that instead of feeling sorry for myself for having to live in two places once again, I have shifted my mindset to stay focused on what I am doing rather than what I wish I could be doing. It’s such an easy thing to say to yourself “live in the moment”, but quite a differnet thing to actually practice it! I took myself right out of the bad mood I was heading for by simply focusing on what I was doing in that moment…so far so good!

  2. Susan M

    @Loretta – Halleleuja! It is indeed quite a different thing to practice it. I am right there with ya. That must have felt satisfying to divert direction away from the bad mood.

    My miracle today was drinking a Coca-Cola. I enjoy sodas only very occasionally. When I do, I feel guilty for drinking them because I know the havoc that the sugar and caffeine wreaks on my body. Instead, today, I decided to relish each sip. Guess what happened as a result?! I only drank half of it. By paying attention and enjoying each sip I got the enjoyment out of the beverage much sooner. I poured the rest out and actually, for the first time since I was ten years old, “had a Coke and a smile.”

  3. Leah Carey

    @Susan – I think that is AMAZING. What a fantastic story and a great lesson. I’ll probably quote it in the morning.

    @Loretta – I’m so pleased for you! 🙂

    Here’s my miracle – as I was just writing up tonight’s Miracle Journey entry I realized one way that I’ve used not having money as a crutch – if I didn’t want to do something, I could say, “I don’t have the money” rather than having to be honest and say “I don’t want to do it.” I no longer want to use lack of money as an excuse…FOR ANYTHING. I make my choices and I live with them but the money isn’t usually the actual issue. 95% of the time it’s a cover for something else. So tonight I commit to myself that when I hear in my head, “Oh that’s too much money” I’ll ask myself what’s underneath the thought that I’m not wanting to admit.

  4. TR

    My miracle for today was going to one of my favorite stores to walk around and get out of the house and not buying anything. Often when I have a rough moment or want to celebrate making it through another week, I will buy myself something. And as rocky as life has been at times the past couple of years, guess how often I relied on doing so to bring a small burst of joy to my life… But the purchases were often followed by a wave of guilt and stress especially when the money could have possibly been used better some other way. Today I decided to save up for bigger things that have been on the wish list and just enjoyed walking with my husband.

  5. LMVL

    Yesterday’s miracle was kind of a toughie. Staring at the laptop before going to bed, I drew a blank. Nope, no miracle to be found today.

    Then I thought about my main focus – negative self talk (leading to insecurity etc). I reviewed my day’s internal dialogue. Earlier in the day I kind of made the connection that my self criticism has turned into more of an honesty reflection. Mirror of Truth! Today I realized that I have an issue with trusting others, and mainly those who are closest to me. I’m sure there’s a lot more to this, but I’m coming to believe my inability to open myself and let go and trust is a deep root of my feeling “not good or worthy enough”. This honesty mirror/self talk isn’t always showing me happy rainbow-like miracles, but it’s giving me a vehicle to break down some walls and see the truth. Maybe there will be a rainbow behind all of the hard things I’m seeing early in this miracle challenge.

  6. William

    The first two days I noticed things around judgment that took me away from joy and beauty. Then a question formed whether this is really what I’m after. I don’t think that’s quite it, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I’m after. That’s my shift in consciousness for today – a deepening of the question.

  7. jar

    My son called home from college just to check in. That is itself was a miracle as he never calls home unless there is a problem, occasionaly he will text me but does not call. The miracle part for me was that I enjoyed hearing his voice and did not bombard him with questions. I let go of my past reactions to his calls which was to go into overprotective mother bear mode and grill him. So grateful to have this reminder to reflect on the little things.

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