My orchid flowered the other day. It was a miracle and I’ll tell you why.
I’d received it as a gift many months ago when it was in full bloom and I cared for it until the flowers faded and fell to the ground. In the past I would have thrown the plant out believing the show was over. This time however, I hadn’t got around to throwing it out so I kept it sitting on my console table in the dining room.
The leaves were still green but the flower stem was shrivelled. I think I watered it about three times in the last six months without any expectation, and sometimes actually felt a little guilty I hadn’t disposed of it yet. Then a few days ago I came down the stairs and I couldn’t believe my eyes. There, in this little pot, my orchid was flowering again.
Every time I look at this orchid I smile to myself. It lifts my mood because it’s my reminder that miracles happen.
Now I’m sure horticultural enthusiasts will be able to provide me with a very rational explanation about how orchids can and do flower more than once. Had I known that to be a fact prior to my little orchid’s second flowering, perhaps I would have been expecting it to happen and might have even been disappointed had it not.
Instead my naïveté proved to be a source of joy for me. And that’s what happens when you believe in miracles: joy, untainted by expectation.
Albert Einstein said it best: “there are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.”
When you approach life as though everything is a miracle, then everything is a source of joy. When you approach life as though there is a rational explanation to everything it can’t help but to reduce joy, increase expectation and, risk of disappointment.
So have the courage to let go of rational explanations: keep your eyes open to discovery, your mind open to “it’s possible” and your heart open to awe. Then sit back and experience the joy. 🙂