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. -Albert Einstein

Miraculum, by definition means, “wonder, marvel, miracle; a wonderful, strange or marvelous thing.” (“miraculum,” 2022).  It hails from Latin roots, and quite honestly, I feel that it sums up moments of our life in a way that English doesn’t do justice.

Maybe it’s the way my daughter views the perfect day of dancing.  It could be how my son feels after tearing through the desert on our friends’ side-by-side.  It might be the way our military daughter feels when she shows up on the doorstep unannounced and excited that she pulled off a surprise entrance.  Perhaps it’s the way my husband feels after catching the biggest fish, presenting the perfect meal, or winning Roulette on red fourteen.

For me, it is the word that sums up all the reasons I am where I am. 

The kind stranger that helped a twenty-something me change a blown-out tire on the side of a busy interstate when I was driving alone cross state.  Miraculum. 

Divorced at age twenty-five, only to find my true soul mate waiting for me in a smoky, country dance hall on a random Thursday night.  Miraculum. 

That teaching job I landed with zero experience because someone just happened to resign the very day I called the school to ask if they had openings.  Miraculum. 

The time I missed a wayward driver crashing into our car with my daughter inside, all because I had accidentally crept a little too far into the intersection seconds before she would have hit us.  Miraculum.

All my life is a series of fortunate events that have no explanation.  Do I deserve all of this? All of this “miraculum” that has created a life I never could have imagined?  I don’t know the answer to that, but this much I do know…

Between the laundry and the lesson plans, between the dance practices and football games, between the everyday and mundane…there is extraordinary out there just waiting to reveal itself—if you are only open enough to accept it for what it is.  A gift.  A wonder.  A strange and marvelous thing that can’t be explained.

But, really…would you want an explanation even if there was one?  Or is it enough to revel in the beauty that it is? Tell me…what is your miraculum moment this week?

Be grateful, water your own grass,

…and drink coffee.


miraculum. (2022). In WordSense. https://www.wordsense.eu/miraculum/

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