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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

The other day I was driving down the road listening to the music of my youth. I had the volume turned up and I was getting down to the 1980’s. Then all of a sudden, smack, right there in the middle of my rear view mirror was the image of a teenage boy who was in a big hurry, tailgating me, and rudely honking his horn. “Doesn’t he know that he’s interrupting Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer?” I thought.

I have to admit, I was a little annoyed with this teen boy. I even thought about hitting my brakes quickly to scare the heck out of him and teach him a little lesson for driving recklessly. As I continued to glare at this rude teen I noticed there were several other teens in the car. The thought struck me that they were all someone’s children and tapping my brakes would be a really stupid thing for me to do. In that moment of weakness I had realized that I had forgotten to remember the miracle that I truly was, and the miracle this teen truly was.

I believe that if we both hadn’t forgotten the miracle that we truly are, then both of us would have held ourselves up to a higher standard of behavior. I wouldn’t have become angry, and he wouldn’t have put his, and his passengers’ safety in jeopardy. Doesn’t he realize that teens are not invincible. One just has to watch the local news to know this is true.

You know, this reminds me of a time when my Granddaddy told me that when someone is acting crazy or not living up to his or her full potential as a human being, don’t get mad, it’s probably just because they have forgotten to remember the miracle that they truly are.

In closing, think about your life and what you’re doing right it right now. Are those behaviors and actions of yours worthy of the Miracle that you truly are?

Now, please share how you plan to remember the miracle that you truly are.

 

Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

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