Guest Column: The Miracle of Learning & The Seasons of Change by Sue DeGregorio-Rosen RN, CLNC

I have learned so much about miracles, as we witness the seasons of change. I have learned to live, instead of die. I have learned that no matter how many times I extend myself to others, that others will take what I give them, some will appreciate a warm cup of tea, and that others may throw that tea in my face, for no good reason. I have learned how to duck. I have learned that kindness and empathy is my miracle to share, I am still learning that not all humans like to share and I am grateful to continue to learn.

I guess that is because, logically speaking, I am still a nurse, I am still a mother, a wife, a grandmother, a sister, but most of all, whatever I continue to learn, I am still me. I will continue to share gifts, with a no-return policy to enforce. That is my miracle to share.

Miracles reveal themselves through so many others that we can choose to learn from. St. Francis of Assisi, and many of the other saints like him, have shown us that he was a channel of a higher power, he took no credit for that, because that, in itself, is truly a miraculous state of being. He placed himself in an influence that is of high awareness, opening himself to the invisible force and transformed his own influence to that of what assists others to become healers, to walk in the path of grace. As a channel, you are a wondrous miracle, for many to embrace.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each one of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) Noble Peace Prize – Winning, Medical Missionary and Philosopher.

I am an avid reader, for those of you that do not know me. I try to read most anything of structure, anything about nature, why we are different, enlightenment – I want to understand the miracles of the human element. I want to understand what makes us, at times, disregard others, because it’s too painful to do anything but.

This is truly a new year of cleansing for me, as I wander into these years of evolutionary wisdom that comes with age. The year to practice logic, to advance my understanding of the whys and the what’s and understand that it’s ok when people leave, some by choice, some through death, and some by a negative energy that I have learned to recognize through trial and error. But I am still learning. I will keep reading…………..

I have learned that behaviors on the part of others tend to cause my dominating or submissive ego to react, because for every action there will be a reaction. I have learned whether I tend to more predominantly rely upon submissive or dominating behavior. But most important, I am recognizing the parts of egocentric thinking is never a reasonable mode of thinking, however “natural” it might feel.

I hope to reach a stage where I become skilled in identifying my own egocentric thoughts, and refuse to make use of the rationalizations I could easily concoct to justify them, when I have learned so much more about the miracles of life.

Miracles are a revelation, miracles are the change of seasons, miracles are the gift of life. We all witness miracles, we are all miracles as children, wonders and magical. We grow into the miracle of life, a truly beautiful experience to behold.

The miracles of the four seasons are the miracles of change, embrace that change as each season passes, so will we.