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The Miracle of Now

Happy New Year, and for those who celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a merry one despite the limitations imposed on us. 2020 is a year that we will never forget. Over time, we will learn more about its impact, which could be bleak. The excellent news is that we have a vaccine. The rollout has begun, and over the next several months, administering the immunization will continue. Is this a miracle? For those of us who appreciate living in the now, I would resoundingly say yes. Within ten months or so of the pandemic reaching the United States’ shores, the miraculous occurred, a vaccine that immunizes Americans and the rest of the globe. Our predecessors may be looking down with envy.

The Devastation Before The Miracle

Before I continue about the miracle of now, I want to address some of the devastations inflicted. One cannot minimize the pain and suffering endured as a consequence of this invisible terrorist. Many people have lost their jobs, their businesses, or their lives. When people chastise small-business owners who defy the shutdown rules to keep their businesses alive, I gently but firmly remind those individuals that these people are desperate. Many have sadly endured the loss of hard-earned success because of the contradictory laws enforced state by state. A number of these business owners have been scrupulous in ensuring safety and hygiene in their places of service. Unfortunately, that does not always make a difference to our governmental officials.

Disturbingly, people have died, especially older adults; I continue to refer to them as the “forgotten people.” Some have even questioned whether or not they should receive the vaccine due to having less time in the second half of life. I would like to remind people that senior human beings, most of whom worked hard all of their lives and contributed to society, must be honored and never overlooked.

Finally, one cannot overstate the affliction of depression and anxiety throughout the life cycle. Children should be allowed their magical beliefs as a way to protect and fortify and to foment creativity and imagination. With these tools in their hands, they can be ready to face the reality of the topsy turvy journey we call life. Sadly, this pandemic’s imprint on their development has yet to reveal itself.

Accelerated Accomplishment!

Now that I have attended to the pandemic ramifications, I want to return to the miracle of now. Not only can we be thankful to Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson and Johnson, but to those scientists behind the scenes. What an accelerated accomplishment? How? Only, because of the miracle of now!

The diseases of days gone by, such as polio, cholera, Diptheria, leprosy, past plagues, did not have professionals with the wherewithal of those living in the present. Again, our predecessors would view this as a miracle, but isn’t it? For those of us who believe in a superior being, I would say that it is. He has provided us with the gift of progress, modernity, and endless possibilities. Through “infinite intelligence,” as the great Napoleon Hill has phrased it, remarkable minds have drawn upon their contributions and look at what they have rendered.

Connection Because of Innovation

How about the fantastic gifts of innovation around connecting us during this challenging time? Like many, I have met some of the most amazing people virtually. Yes, I know. It is not the same as meeting in the flesh, but you know it is a close second. Zoom is a tool that has brought many of us together in the community. Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp, and others are close seconds. Also, for those of us who are therapists and people in need of behavioral health services, the rise of teletherapy is fortuitous and could not have arrived at a better time. Aside from the pandemic, life goes on, and problems do not disappear. Has the pandemic exacerbated these issues? For some, yes, but for others, this is not the presenting problem. We, therapists, are most grateful to have the tools to continue to serve.

Miracles Including the Metaphysical

I could go on and on about innovation, but instead, I would like to remind those who are alive to recognize that as a miracle. Until recently, the prevailing thought for sexagenarians was that retirement or death soon knocked at the door. Being age 63, I cannot control the latter except to maintain well being to the best of my ability. However, the former I can, by using our skills to continue onward and forward. The average age has increased over the twentieth century. Much is due to information about healthier lifestyles. The generation right before us did not know some of that as they smoked their way through their lives. Again, it is a miracle that researchers discovered the harmful effects of so many habits and addictions.

Finally, I want to mention the miracle of now. I, along with many others, believe in a gift that took place over 2000 years ago. No matter how hard they try, no one can find concrete evidence that disputes this fact. Also, I hear stories about miracles that are inexplicable. No matter how much those doubters try to pooh-pooh these stories or change the subject, they usually do not offer a viable argument. I, on the other hand, welcome these narratives as a beacon of hope. Recently, I read an article by Carol Lohn Campos and had a conversation with Frank Zaccari that highlight the unexpected. Both of these lovely individuals are Featured Contributors for BizCatalyst 360°.

Whether or not you believe in the metaphysical, we can all agree that living in the now has produced miracles in ways that we could ever think possible.

Your Thoughts?

What are your thoughts on miracles, both metaphysical and not? I invite you to share.

Darlene Corbetthttps://darlenecorbett.com/
Darlene Corbett is a Speaker, Author, Licensed Therapist, and Podcaster and is known as the “UnStuck” expert. She has developed programs based on her experience and is hired by associations and corporations all over the country to share her expertise. Darlene is a high-content speaker with an engaging and energizing style. Darlene loves working with people and believes her foundation as a Therapist and Hypnotherapist validates her position that everyone can get UnStuck. When it comes to her deep understanding of human behavior, communication, and relationships, Darlene not only helps refurbish the house but steady the foundation. She has been quoted in Knox News, MSN.com, Bustle, and Best Life and has written many blogs and articles. Her book, Stop Depriving The World of You: A Guide for Getting Unstuck, was published by Sound Wisdom in November 2018. Darlene’s podcast “Tap Into The Power of U” is for men and women 40+ who wish to get unstuck. Darlene is a member of many associations and is an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has served on a variety of Boards, including, more recently, the National Speakers Association - New England and Abby’s House in Worcester, MA. A free ebook, Five Steps To Get UnStuck: For Professional Women of Faith Fifty+, is available on her website at https://www.DarleneCorbett.com. In her personal life, Darlene enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, and close friends, as well as crocheting, reading, attempting tricky crossword puzzles, yoga, staying healthy and loving life. Along with being a bibliophile, she is a logophile. Thus, Darlene adores discovering new words, being challenged by Jumble Scrambles, and extraordinarily challenged with learning a new language. She thanks God every day for giving her the energy and excitement to continue to look forward to what is ahead.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for writing from this perspective, Darlene. I have personally experienced being healed of the devastating grief that descended on me when I lost my husband of 25 years to a sudden illness. Anyone who’s experienced depression can identify with the depth of the crushing of spirit that one is powerless to change. No number of “snap out of it” thoughts can ever lift a person out of that level of pain. BUT GOD!!! In a moment He lifted the CRUSHing pain and restored me to my right mind. Wow. I’m forever grateful. The GREAT NEWS is, that if He did it for me, He will do it for others, too.

  2. Hi Darlene, thank you for this wonderful share. Trough out my whole life I have seen miracles often and I know, as a firm believer of miracles, that will never end.

    Each person has an own version of what a miracle is for him/her. Hope and faith are great seeds of miracles, which we water with our believe and let magic do it’s work.
    Thank you, Ineke

  3. Thanks, Darlene.
    Our 50 trillion cells all work together every moment. Though they could survive alone (each has the capacity to ingest food, protect itself, learn behavior), they join the miraculous by community. Whatever you or I, or anyone, believes as far as the source for miracles, all we need is to look up and around. We can all accept miracles and leave the explaining to those who cannot believe without pretending. Pliny the elder (a great Roman scientist), in the novel Pompeii, as he is about to be crushed by the miracle of Vesuvius, has a final thought: “We mistook measurement for understanding.”
    Be.
    Mac

    • Thank you so much Mac! I love your amazing and thoughtful comment as well as that historical notation. I appreciate it.

      I just edited my comment. What you said above, is just fabulous! If you decide to write an article on it, please tag me. I imagine it would be most inviting and thought-provoking.

      With a smile,

      Darlene

  4. Now is a miracle that protects us! Recalling the past and planning the future matter. Life is happening right now. Each moment is when and where our action can apply lessons learned from yesterdays. And how our action contributes our part in delivering results we want. Thanks Darlene!

    blessings,
    Cynthia

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