“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

Life’s journey offers two distinct binoculars. One reveals a world pulsating with extraordinary phenomena. The other keeps you blinkered, blinding you to the extraordinary that dances around you.

In the first viewfinder, every moment sizzles with wonder. A child’s laughter resonates like an age-old symphony. A fleeting sunrise turns into a timeless masterpiece. A stranger’s smile becomes a testament to shared humanity. These aren’t just mundane instances. They’re spectacles, rich tapestries woven into the fabric of everyday life.

In the second viewfinder, you’re an audience to a monotonous, colorless play. The child’s laughter is mere noise, the sunrise a biological inevitability, and the stranger’s smile a social formality. Here, extraordinary moments shrink into insignificance, falling into the yawning chasm of indifference.

In one scope, the world is a museum of miracles—each moment an exhibit of awe and fascination. In the other, it’s a repetitious cycle—a mundane echo of moments blending into a dull, indistinguishable hum.

Two viewfinders. One amplifies the symphony of life—each note a marvel, every silence profound. The other muffles the music, reducing life’s song to a repetitive drone.

Two perspectives. One dares you to peel back the veneer of the routine, to uncover the extraordinary in every tick of the clock. The other lulls you into sleepwalking through life, blind to the miracles that sparkle in every corner.

Your choice. Experience life through the lens of marvel, where gratitude is your guide and every moment a revelation. Or surrender to the blinkered view, letting life’s wonders pass by unseen, unappreciated.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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