Dear Friends…to those I’ve met and know and those I haven’t had to opportunity to meet yet. This is my story about the time I went to see Steve Hardison speak about miracles for those who weren’t able to attend. I definitely believe in miracles…
Meeting Steve Hardison is an an experience and a blessing like no other, as any person who has ever met him will tell you. Something shifts within you when you encounter this wonderful loving man who shows up ready to serve. His aura so bright, it’s almost blinding. His presence gently and effortlessly demands your attention. It’s an energy of calm, peace, pure love, acceptance, gratitude and more. It’s like nothing and no one I’ve ever experienced or encountered throughout my journey and I’m forever grateful for the miracle life/God granted me when we met. Something definitely shifted in me following our chance meeting in a parking garage at a conference where we exchanged books, which is another story in itself! Meeting, encountering and getting to know Steve inspires me want to show up bigger, live with more gratitude, and do more to serve others, unselfishly, expecting nothing in return. It changed me and I feel sure in some way it altered my path. I hope by sharing my experience it may cause a shift in you too.
It is better to give than receive, to serve others and live with great gratitude brings peace beyond measure. It’s absolutely miraculous in how it shifts you to show up and serve the life of another with absolutely no agenda…can you imagine! It’s brilliant!!
I wanted to share my experience of attending a talk Steve did he titled “Seeing Miracles in the “So- Called” Mundane” as I’ve been asked by several people what it was like to be there. I’m not sharing my story from a bragging perspective or with “bragging rights,” so please don’t take it that way. I’m sharing my experience as I experienced it because I believe in miracles and I want to pass along the gift I was blessed to receive. I’m hopeful of you believing in and experiencing miracles like what I experienced that day.
Pssst… A miracle is that much greater when it’s passed along and I hope you’ll pass this story of miracles along to the right person in your life.
It’s a precious gift to attend one of Steve’s talks, which is why people flew in from Las Vegas and drove from Los Angeles to be there with just one day of notice. Only 45 minutes away, it was a “no brainer” for me, I needed to be there and swiftly rearranged my schedule to make sure I wouldn’t miss it.
Steve is passionate, sincere, vulnerable, authentic and real, so he’s easy to listen and to learn from. The mind doesn’t drift off because you don’t want to miss a thing he says, every word filled with meaning.
Steve’s talk started with a bowl of delicious and miraculous fruit and vegetables, with the promise that we would experience a miracle while sitting there. I believed him and will never look at a bowl of produce the same after hearing Steve’s testimony to the miracle of a salad.
It didn’t take long for the miracles to begin. The first piece of fruit he pulled out of the bowl was a beautiful red ripe strawberry, which according to Steve has about 800 seeds on it. Think about that…800 seeds! Gifts from the earth to grow more delicious and nutritious strawberries– miraculous.
The small bowl of produce included an apple, a snap pea, a carrot, a tomato, a slice of cucumber and more. It represented just a minuscule sampling of the fruits and vegetables gifted to us from the soil of the earth with seeds to grow and harvest more. Quite miraculous as Steve pointed out, with passion and amazement. He pointed out how the tiny seeds from apples and oranges grow in to huge trees, bearing more fruit, which is indeed miraculous. And what about how Bananas come packaged “to-go!” The Miraculous in the “So-Called” Mundane…
As the inspiring talk continued, Steve shifted his attention to the miracle of the human body…he shared some astounding facts that certainly support the human body being miraculous.
Did you know….
Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. Although it’s no bigger than your fist, your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues.
That’s 58,400,000 gallons of blood over the lifetime of a person who lives to be 80 and 2,920,000,000 heart beats! Vehicles require being serviced every 3000 miles! Some hearts work for more than 100 years. It’s absolutely miraculous!!
He reminded us of how miraculous our bodies are when they heal from injury, how it recovers from the daily abuse we put it through. Cut yourself and a few days later, it’s healed, gone like it never happened, it’s miraculous. What about the fact that none of us are alike? We each have a unique fingerprint, DNA, even our eyes are unique to only ourselves.
My biggest take away from hearing Steve speak was to remember to take note of that which may not seem miraculous. It’s all miraculous. The fact that you’re reading this right now is miraculous, me typing this on my iPad and being able to share it out to cyberspace…miraculous! The fact that I remember as much detail as I do…now that’s above and beyond miraculous!
I was reminded that there are miracles happening to me and around me all day, every day and to be thankful and grateful for them. No matter how big or small, they’re all miracles, they come in all shapes, sizes and forms. You’ll find them in what you see with your eyes, touch with your hands, smell with your nose and taste with your mouth. It’s everywhere, you just have to be tuned in to the right frequency to see it. Steve reminded me of that and it was a miracle.
Steve radiated as he wrapped up his talk and spoke of his wife Amy, when they met and the miracle she and their family is in his life. In that moment I was also reminded how thankful I am to be one half of a married couple for the last 15 years, the proud parent of five wonderful children born to me as well as my kids who weren’t. I feel and see the Miraculous in the “So Called” Mundane in the family I’m blessed to be a part of. They are all absolute miracles in my life. Wow…life is so good and I feel so blessed, I could just burst! If you know me personally, you can probably visualize it…me bursting with over the top enthusiasm, as my kids call it.
Steve’s church expected to have a small crowd this particular Sunday because of the Labor Day weekend and people being out of town. The church was packed! It was packed full of people who didn’t normally attend that church because one man named Steve Hardison raised his hand and casually invited people to come hear him speak about miracles. People came from far away to hear him. If that’s not a miracle in itself, I don’t know what is. I am in awe at how full the church was.
The apple tree gifts and serves us with it’s seeds, Steve did the same for me on Sunday with his gift of wisdom and the way he sees Miracles in the “So Called” Mundane. Incredible!
I stumbled upon this poem while writing about my experience, it felt fitting and miraculous, so I wanted to share:
“What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
All things are wearisome, more than one can say
The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
This poem was written sometime between the 1400 and1600’s, yet remains true today. You can find it in The Bible, right at the beginning of the book of Ecclesiastes, which is brilliant I might add!
Lots of love, be blessed and appreciate the miracles that make up your daily life…it’s miraculous when you take it all in. Stop and look around, it’s everywhere~
Throughout Steve’s talk he included this beautiful poem. I experienced it as a gift, I hope you do too! Be blessed and be miraculous because you are….
“I believe in miracles and the miraculous.
I expect miracles and the miraculous.
I create miracles and the miraculous.
I experience miracles and the miraculous… AND so can you. ! You are the miracle and the miraculous… And so am I.”
- Steve Hardison