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Motivation Monday: Someone Else’s Miracle

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I met a woman who decided to plant a bean garden one summer.

She planted shortly after the last spring frost in a soil temperature of exactly 50 degrees. Carefully, she placed the seeds into the ground, one inch deep and two inches apart, as instructed, covering them with soil to keep them warm. Then she painstakingly constructed a 16 foot long by 5 foot tall “cattle panel,” which is a portable section of wire fence, so that beans could climb with ease. She mulched the soil to retain moisture and made sure it was well-drained. She watered her bean garden regularly and weeded diligently.

In the end, after all her hard work, she yielded only three beans. So when the last spring frost arrived the following year, she decided not to plant anymore seeds.

One day, after a late summer rain, a neighbor knocked on her door.

“Are you the person who planted a bean garden in your yard last summer?” he asked. “I notice that you didn’t plant this season.”

He explained that he would pass her house every day on the way home from work and was so inspired by the 16 foot long by 5 foot tall trellis she had constructed that he set out to plant his own bean garden.

He was overrun with beans!

Sometimes, the seeds we plant today might just bloom in someone’s else’s garden.
Sometimes, the wishes we put into the universe might just manifest in someone else’s life.

This week, tend to your miracles and watch where they grow.


Motivation Monday: What is the miracle you are waiting for?

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At my very first HIV support group meeting, the same circle from which the musical “Rent” is based, I learned the difference between physical and emotional survival. The facilitator told us, “I can’t add years to your life but I CAN add life to your years.” I sat in my chair waiting to hear her solution.

“Volunteer,” she said. “Find someone who has it harder than you, surrender to the power of not knowing … and serve.”

I began volunteering for children who were dying from AIDS. It was a fierce test, throwing them birthday parties. Each month, along with a few friends, I would help to bake a giant cake, dress up in a bunny costume and set out to surrender to the power of not knowing.

It was a short time of joy. Most of the children did not live through the year to reach their upcoming birthday. It seemed like an endless winter. But we held on, continuing to throw them parties, celebrating their survival.

I learned to have faith in what all children know about endless winters: that spring will always come.

What is the miracle you are waiting for? And what can you do this week to surrender to the power of not knowing?

The drawing above is from one of those children.