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Today, two life changes were initiated: I started my new job, and I began a 21-day meditation challenge. The meditation challenge proved more difficult than the former, but I'm grateful for the focus I had this evening to endeavor to let life go for fifteen minutes, despite the overwhelming urge to find a punching bag and instead clobber the hell out of it until I collapsed from exhaustion.

Today's thought was about miracles, and seeing the miracles in everyday life. I believe, more specifically, it was about accepting the presence of miracles. So, in an attempt to do that, here are a few things that stuck out for me today:

I stood up for myself and offered an opinion when it was clearly unwanted. It was important for me to get my thoughts out there, and I did it. I'm not sure to what end they were actually heard, but I took ownership of how I felt, and that's a big deal.

My new job began in earnest, and I learned that even what appears to be the most basic of duties can be really challenging, particularly because of the tedium. I was completely wiped out at the end of the day, and I think it's a gift that helped me to recognize that there are a lot of people whose roles I overlook because I somehow think their jobs are not as essential as others, and that's not true. Someone had a quote about being the best...crap. Now I'm going to look it up.

I can't find it. It's something about doing your best at whatever you're doing. If you're a rocket scientist, be the best one you can be. If you're a garbage collector, be the best you can be. It's not about what you do, it's about who you are and the attitude you bring to the table. I brought a good attitude today, and for that I'm pretty impressed with myself.

Note to self: I think it's an MLK quote. I think.

Looking for miracles is a great idea, as long as you recognize miracles as a place for growth, and not just sprinkles of fairy dust on otherwise beleagured days. Sometimes seemingly bad experiences are miracles waiting to show you a new approach to things. That's the hard part for me to embrace, but I'm working on it.

I want a tattoo.

Oh, and I cleaned cat litter today. Also nothing short of a miracle. Now, I just need to get my business off the ground, write a book, and finish knitting some legwarmers, and do so without causing harm to anyone through word or deed. Here's to hope this evening - that alone can be my miracle tonight.


Any day.