When traveling by plane, you become very familiar with the ritual of the memorized preflight speech. “In the unlikely event of an emergency and loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the compartment above you. Place the mask securely over your nose and mouth, and secure it in place. Be sure to put on YOUR OWN oxygen mask BEFORE assisting a child or other passengers.”
Did you ever wonder why the instructions were to place the oxygen mask on your face before on a child’s face? I know I did. Actually, when I first listened to those instructions I thought, “Well that’s kind of selfish. Why not place it on the helpless child’s face first?” After all, if any child is in danger, my first natural instinct will be to help the child … not myself.
At the time, I did not understand the reasoning behind the preflight safety instructions. Neither did I recognize the powerful life lesson that could be gleaned from it as well. This lesson is profoundly simple. If YOU don’t have the capacity to breathe, how are you going to help another passenger or child breathe? In other words, to have the capacity to be there for someone else, YOU first have to be ‘capacity-filled’ YOURSELF! Hence, It IS ABOUT YOU!
Before you can live like a miracle you have to know in your inner most being that you are a miracle. What I mean by the term miracle is an uncompromising belief that God’s creation of you was miraculous and intentional … period … end of story. So often we minimize the inherent power within because of the lack of knowledge, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)
If loving, caring, and HUMBLY honoring the miracle of self … does NOT start with you, it will be very difficult, if not impossible for you to reciprocate those emotions to others. IT HAS TO START WITH YOU AND ONLY YOU. It is not a selfish principle; it is a realistic principle. How can you serve effectively when your capacity is only 10%? Consequently, IT IS ABOUT YOU living the EXTRAordinary life EveryDay, knowing in your inner most being that YOU ARE a Miracle, and serving the individual “miracles” you meet along the way. For when you know, live, and see yourself as a Miracle … you will see your Neighbor as a Miracle. Let us join the Movement to experience the Joy of living … one day at a time. Therefore, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”-Gandhi
Be The Miracle EveryDay!
It IS About YOU!