8 Reasons to Celebrate in the Season of Miracles

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Lisa is a freelance writer, consultant and life coach. She has her BA in English and Creative Writing from Princeton and her MPA from Harvard. Lisa recently finished the first draft of her book manuscript, Burning Down the House. Her dream is to publish this first book and teach the world how to discover their hidden joy. Her post day is Tuesday.
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It´s a Christmas miracle.


This year, I´m celebrating a sunny Christmas in the midst of summertime in Argentina, far away from my home in snowy upstate New York where the current temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit. (Brrrrrrrr!)

Here it is 86 degrees and breezy. I am staying at my sister Carrie´s home, which is four blocks from the river in downtown Rosario.

The Miracle of Flight
To me, it still feels like a miracle that I can climb into a large metal tube, strap on a seat belt and fly, traveling 8,000 miles, 30,000 feet up,  to get to Rosario via Mexico City and Buenos Aires.

Two planes,  three trains and a taxi, and I arrived on my sister´s doorstep in South America 30 hours later. Unfortunately, while I arrived intact, my luggage did not.

The airline has since tracked it down and it should be delivered today.

The Miracle of Borrowed Clothing that Fits Perfectly!
Luckily the weather here requires very little in the way of clothing, and my sister and I are about the same size. Even more miraculously, losing my luggage for almost a week has not affected my mood – I credit this to the fact that I meditate regularly, since a few years ago (pre-meditation!) this could have set me in a tail-spin for a week.

Meditation (and the peace it brings into my life) is a daily miracle for me.
La Tres Hermanas!
Las Tres Hermanas
It feels like a miracle that I am spending Christmas with my two sisters, one of whom just completed a semester studying abroad in Bolivia, and another who married an Argentinian man, as well as with my one-year-old niece, Luna.

Luna is a mini-miracle, all big blue eyes and laughing mouth with four tiny baby teeth, soft blond curls and chubby little legs that hold her up as she walks holding onto us, the furniture or walls, wobbling yet confident. She has grown into a toddler since I last saw her three months ago – she crawls, and plays, and laughs, and is full of personality.

Luna makes me wonder how and when we all forgot that just simply being alive, growing from an infant into an adult, learning, exploring the world, and joyfully living in it – that all of these things are miracles in and of themselves.

Living Our Dreams Is A Miracle…
It feels like a miracle to me that I am finally doing what I´ve wanted to do for so many years, and writing my first book! Amen, Hallelujah for that!

(For those curious to know, I am now at 65 pages – having written 90 and tossed about one-third of those! I wrote another 10 pages on the long airplane ride here)

Also, I have escaped the snow and cold for the holidays. Woohoo!

Un Milagro
I like the definition of miracle as ¨a wonder, marvel.¨ The holiday season in multiple religious traditions is characterized by miracles.

Here are eight more reasons to remember today that life is full of wonders, and to celebrate:

  1. If you are reading this, you woke up today (or are still awake!). It’s good sometimes just to remember that simply being alive, and aware, is a miracle. Scientists cannot fully explain consciousness yet.
  2. If you can see, hear, touch, smell, taste the world around you, that too is a miracle to celebrate. The world is a beautiful place.
  3. If you will be spending the holidays with family or friends, that is cause for celebration.
  4. If you have moved any closer to any dreams at all in the past year, celebrate that!
  5. If you have clean water, food on the table and a roof over your head, celebrate that. More than 2.5 billion people still live on less than $2 a day and many lack clean water, electricity, basic nutrition. You are one of the lucky ones if you have all of these things.
  6. If you have money in the bank to buy gifts, or will be receiving gifts, celebrate that! Those who live on less than $2 a day generally spend between 55% to 80% of their incomes on food.
  7. If you have hopes and dreams for 2010, celebrate that! A new year is a wonderful time to set new dreams or in motion, or to revive longtime dreams.
  8. If your heart is beating, and you are breathing, and all of this is happening without you having to think about it – celebrate the miracle of the body. “We have 70 trillion cells each containing 10,000 more molecules than the Milky Way has stars … all working in harmony with each other.”

I will end with a thought from one of my personal heroes, a genius and humanitarian with crazy hair and laughing eyes. Albert Einstein once said, ¨There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.¨

Any miracles that you can celebrate today? Wishing everyone a joyful holiday season!


Lisa_avatar(Lisa has launched her dream by signing up for Ellen Sussman’s “Memoir-in-a-Year” class, speaking her story out loud at a Take Back the Night rally, and committing to a regular writing schedule – 50 pages completed by December 5th, when she also turned in her first book chapter! Being invited to join 8womendream.com was a dream come true, and she looks forward to chronicling her writing process. Lisa is currently bi-coastal with her home in historic Troy, New York and her heart in San Francisco.  Lisa’s post day is Tuesday).


  • Catherine

    Lovely post from a lovely girl. When I used to travel for work I would always tell myself that I was going to enjoy my trip whether the luggage showed up or not.

    The luggage always managed to show up.

    How wonderful to be in a sunny place with a beer. Makes me realize how long it has been since I have taken any vacation and makes me miss my good friend Elisabet like crazy. Ever since she moved to upper state New York I don’t seem to go anywhere. We would always go somewhere – even if it was down the road to Sacramento and go someplace near water and have a beer or a glass of wine.

    I’ve been bad at my meditation practice over the holidays and need to get back to it – thanks for the reminder.

    Hugs, and merry Christmas. Thank you so much for all you do for us.


  • Rachel

    You look so warm! Today is dim and snowing, but with any luck that means tomorrow will be white, bright, and beautiful.

    “Even more miraculously, losing my luggage for almost a week has not affected my mood – I credit this to the fact that I meditate regularly, since a few years ago (pre-meditation!) this could have set me in a tail-spin for a week.”

    That’s great to hear. The long days and stronger sunshine are probably a factor, too. Short days and weak sunshine affect everyone’s mood to some extent (and I understand it’s even worse where you live than where I do) and a sudden reversal of that can be such a mood lifter! I’ll never forget the time I went to south Texas in late October. Despite the fact that I went because my mother was having serious health problems, a simple walk in bright afternoon sunshine once/day was such an incredible treat that it was easy for me to be the strong, cheerful one.

  • Clare

    Dear Lisa;
    What a wonderful message. Your life is so rich and full and I am happy for you. Enjoy every minute and have a wonderful holiday and much joy in 2010.

  • Hi Julita, love to you from Carrie, Margaret and Luna! (We are sitting here visiting at an Internet cafe!).

    Wishing you a joyful reunion with Maggie and Alex whenever that happens for you… It’s truly such a blessing to be able to spend time with sisters.

    Sending love & sunshine from Argentina!

  • Julita

    Lisa, so good to see your picture with Margaret and Carrie. I also have two sisters, who happen to have a different mother and father, that is they are my half sisters without being sisters to each other. and they are my miracles. I hope to take a picture similar to the one you took when I go to visit my sister Maggie in London and bring my sister Alex with me.

    Happy Holidays to all!

  • Ahhh Remy I like how you think! Luggage is lost = GO SHOPPING! ;) Perhaps the Universe IS trying to send me a message ;) In the interim, I have worn a few sundresses of my sister’s all week – luckily they are cute and it is warm and sunny! :-)

    Feeling SO blessed to be here celebrating the season with family, especially with my gorgeous baby niece. Wishing for everyone the blessings of love of family and friends… and hoping everyone will remember this season just how blessed they are to be in the company of those they love.

    Wishing you a miraculous holiday Remy! xoxo Lisa

  • Remy G

    Hey Lis! Up early on a Tuesday morning and read your post. Glad you are safe and sound and with your family. Your niece sound adorable. I love that age. Miracles and wonders are amazing and should be celebrated regularly. I sometimes take for granted that I can walk, see, talk, hear, taste – that I can get in a car and drive anywhere I want – that no matter how tough it gets my family will always be there to support me in any way I need them. I realize not everyone has that gift and I have it every day of the year. Merry Christmas to you and your family – and i think losing your luggage was just the universe saying “you need new clothes, girl.” hehe Love Rem