Remember the Miracle that You Truly Are!

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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 rearview 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 he’s interrupting Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer?” I thought.

I admit I was slightly annoyed or even angry with this teen boy. I noticed there were several other teens in the car. The thought struck me that they were all someone’s children and that we were all miracles. I realized that in my moment of annoyance or anger, I had forgotten to remember the miracle that I truly was and the miracle this teen driver and his passengers truly were.

I believe that if we both hadn’t forgotten the miracle we truly are, we would have held ourselves up to a higher standard. I wouldn’t have become angry, and he wouldn’t have jeopardized his and his passengers’ safety. Doesn’t he realize that teens are not invincible? One only 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. Instead, remind them!

In closing, think about your life and what you’re doing now. Are your behaviors and actions worthy of the Miracle that you truly are? Or are you just angry and not living up to your full potential?

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


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard