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Surviving: Making miracles

By Roscoe Triana

Dictionaries define miracles as supernatural occurrences, unexplainable events often credited to a God and always associated with extraordinary events such as surviving terminal illness or escaping near death.

Many religions have miracles including Christianity, which absolutely demands belief in them. The first known recorded miracle is that of Jesus turning the water into wine.

In many ways the pressure of glorifying miracles in these ways and having the expectation that astonishing and majestic acts or results must be a part of the occurrence, precludes our ability to see the hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of miracles that are happening around us and the world every day.

There are countless numbers of examples of human effort that have sufficient character to qualify as miraculous. Acts of kindness no matter how small may cause ripple effects that have life lasting ramifications for generations to come.

Rescuing animals that have no voice and no possible means of asking for help is divine intervention under any measure.

Donating to charities, no matter how little one’s budget allows for, is heroic generosity at the very least.

Leaving one’s homeland with nothing but hope to make a better life for one’s family is a testament to inner strength beyond any superheros.

Taking a moment to spend time with someone who has no one during the December season can make the difference between deep despair and gentle acceptance.

Giving with no expectation of receiving is, in fact, awe-inspiring.

Lastly, but definitely not least, emanating love no matter what amount of hardship is in one’s life, for the sake of a better human experience by all, is the pinnacle of completion requiring true selflessness.

There are as many miracles achievable every day as there are people in the world.

As this year winds down let’s devote ourselves to making as many miracles as possible during our lifetime.

Happy December season to all.

Roscoe Triana's background includes working on investigative journalism documentaries with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is also one of Canada's esteemed Gemini award winners. His monthly Nelson Daily column SURVIVING covers a wide range of topics focusing on local, national and international issues dealing with everyday life and the world today. You can contact Roscoe Triana at