What can agnostic Albert Einstein teach us about the magic of Christmas?

Tomorrow morning is the Super Bowl of Christianity. As the silent night gives way to another 364 days in waiting, I’m encouraging you to think about the insights of Albert Einstein:

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing in life is a miracle. The other is to live as if everything is a miracle.”

It’s easy for our faith to grow and flow through our life in surges: boosted by the joys of family and Christmas – strengthened by pain, shock, injustice and grief. Tonight and tomorrow most Americans will celebrate Christmas: the majority will be Christians who embrace Jesus as a miracle…but how many of us will carry home the message of Einstein along with our gifts?

The famously agnostic Einstein knew the magic of a good life is that anything, and everything could go wrong in any instance: the miracle of a paper cut is in the healing. The miracle of the insidious, unthinkable, and horrific…is in surviving. Goodness always thrives.

The annual Christmas Card ritual helps me look back and reflect: my life over the past year is equally humbling and inspiring. What a difference a year makes! We survived and found ways to grow and thrive. And we are choosing to be happy, because that’s always good.

This crazy picture is the cover of our family Christmas Card: we embraced our love for Elton John as one of the miracles of 2013.

This crazy picture is the cover of our family Christmas Card: we embraced our love for Elton John as one of the miracles of 2013.

So how are you living? Choosing to live as a miracle is not exclusive to Einstein, Mandela, or Jesus. If we truly embraced our faith, wouldn’t we (shouldn’t we?) breath in the calm of Silent Night and spread our gifts with joy everyday? That’s the stuff miracles are made of…

Good leaders make a habit to live every day as if it were a miracle; as if we ourselves are a miracle.  And we find the goodness in everything. Yes everything.

Will you please share what you are seeing as a miracle in yourself today?