As I was walking my 5.4-mile trail this morning, feeling the luxury of the weather, my health and so many other things in my life, I began to think about how caregiving happens virtually. It takes place in what might seem like the most unexpected places as we normally think about caregiving. And then there are the expected places. I will share about two through this post and the next.
I feel extremely fortunate to be part of several Facebook groups through which members offer inspiration, support, resources, and presence that at times feels like it comes through the screen into the room when most needed or appreciated, as well as laughter and beauty. Even when not “needed” there is a contagion effect.
One is The Miracle Morning community, which has thousands of members around the world. Within minutes of when a member posts a reflection, requests support, shares his or her progress or story, or simply posts quotes and photos that lend richness to the community, multiple comments begin to flow in. They are filled with more reflections and resources, as well as an abundance of not just gratefulness in general but specific words of thanks and care given over and over again. It is a site of optimism and commitment to personal and professional growth most of all. It is a place where members are vulnerable about life challenges and willing to ask for input, giving it back equally in return.
Most in the community, if their life allows it (some work night shifts so create a different time) are very early risers so that the Miracle Morning routine can be fit in before the rest of the day begins, which is what makes it so transformative. What I think is an early rising time is nothing compared to many! Nonetheless, I realize when I get up how many I am joining around the world in the way I greet the day.
Having been a member of The Miracle Morning for over 500 days, not missing a day, I am awed, truly, by what has been created online and the care extended across continents, countries, states, cities, and neighborhoods. It is a model for international support of human beings regardless of nationality, economic status, religious leaning, and so much more. It is a magnificently inclusive group that cares for each other on behalf of each person’s growth and goodness. Those who administrate the site are diligent about asking anyone who chooses to be otherwise to graciously leave the group.
Thanks to Hal Elrod for not only writing the book and having the vision to bring this to reality but for his example by how he lives. Part of his Thanksgiving greeting sums up his spirit:
My wish for all of us is to wake up everyday and be deeply GRATEFUL for all that we have, unconditionally ACCEPTING of all that we don’t, and actively CREATING all that we want.
With love & gratitude,
always, in all ways…
Some quotes from the last two or three days give a sense of why it is sometimes a challenge to log out!
“I love this group, and Hal…This Movement has literally saved my life!!! Words cannot express how grateful I am to you and your book.”
“I just want to say, thank you for all the inspiration that you share. Thank you Hal Elrod, and thank you to the whole Miracle Morning community. This year I am one step closer to my dreams. And I hope you are too.”
“Day #321 Today’s Lesson: You Are So Much Stronger Than You Think”
“Happy Thanksgiving! I am SO thankful I found this book and group. Thank you for all of the support and inspiration. I just finished day 11 of my MM and did a lot of scribing today. I am blessed!”
Whether a post by someone who is about to begin or has completed Day 1 to those who are in the hundreds of days in number, one is no less valuable than the other.
I think of one particular friend in the Netherlands who I would not have met without TMM. The emails we have exchanged not only show care for each other but also a mutual love of caring for animals that need rescuing. Her work as a rescuer of Podencos is so compelling. A third one is now living its own rebirth through her adoptive love and transformative care. Three dogs have gone from depressed, underweight and scared to living joyous, energy filled lives because of her. That does not count the many she has supported by providing immunizations so they will be adoptable.
I think of another friend who lives within 20 minutes of me. We check in every single morning by email to talk about our Miracle Morning musings and share our schedules for the day. We have become good friends through this accountability together and meet for breakfast every few weeks.
The Miracle Morning not only frames my day but is also a spectacular web of caring that extends around the globe. Caring weaves seamlessly through this group to which anyone is welcome and welcomed.