In 2008 I had one of those really real dreams about my mom, the kind you feel like you've been right beside that person all night. In the dream, the message from her was simple. "Expect a Miracle" was what she kept telling me. That next morning I got out paints and quickly painted it on a small canvas so I wouldn't forget and for the last 12 years have hung it in my bathroom next to my mirror, wherever I have lived- so I would see it everyday. On that back I simply wrote "Message from Mum 2008"
For a long time I thought it was greedy to look for miracles every day, because miracles are so big and special and rare. Sometimes I noticed the big ones came and sometimes they didn't, and sometimes I felt like miracles were a big hoax.
This morning I was looking in the mirror and getting ready for the day, and I was thinking about how we are all moving through this world at such an overwhelming time. I then I saw that same painting looking back at me. I looked hard at it and noticed how it has now got water stains, the letters are all mismatched and the color has now faded quite a bit.
And I realized that what has changed for me since then and what I have come to learn since I made it so many years ago is that miracles are everywhere, every day. And when we expect them, they become more apparent and clearer to us and therefore show up more often! That realization in itself is a miracle, and it took me a long time to figure out what she was saying in that dream.
The way the sun shines in my window, the love from friends near and far on my birthday, the way my dog snuggles up to me, the simplicity of daffodils pushing up through the dirt even when the world feels like it's imploding, the wind, the rain and the miracle of waking up to someone I have loved for most of my life now are all my own little miracles. I look at this painting differently now 12 years later-and just wanted to share it with you today.
May you be reminded that miracles come in all different sizes and it's important to expect them so you don't miss them, especially now.
Thanks to my mum for showing up every day in this little tattered sign next to my mirror, reminding me she is always there, hoping I will remember that it's all so fleeting. Thank you to her for telling us that this day and our little (and big) miracles are a gift to us all and it's up to us to expect them xoxo