Day 3: What’s in a name?

If you Google search “thirteen
miracles” you mainly get three different things: the 2011 movie 17 Miracles, several religious sites and
the link to my blog or its Facebook page. If you click images, there is a
single picture of my face (I guess you could say I’ve made it if my face is a
google search result now), the movie cover of 17 Miracles, and various religious related images.

Well the name is much simpler and
far less interesting than what anyone would assume from the google searches. Firstly,
I am not a religious person, so I have no clue what those images are referring
to, and second, I have never heard of the movie 17 Miracles prior to
writing this post.

Here is how the name actually
came about.

I created this blog around the
time of season one of Stranger Things and was just going to use “Eleven”
(with another word so it wasn’t so obvious) because I’m a big fan of the show.
I also liked the quote from Alice and Wonderland that goes “Sometimes, I
believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast” and the famous
Audrey Hepburn quote “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m
possible”. The only thing is, “Eleven Impossibilities” or even “Eleven
Possibilities” just didn’t sound right to me.

Well, I decided to be less nerdy
and use my favorite number instead, thirteen (still fairly nerdy but far less
noticeable). And then I thought, miracles happen every day without people noticing.
Many people believe that miracles are impossible (which is clearly untrue, I mean,
have you ever seen a Christmas movie?) which makes the name even more fitting
to my original intention. For instance, the little things that we take for
granted can be miracles for other people.

In today’s world, it seems like it’s
hard to come by genuine kindness from people. If everyone just stopped for a
bit to calm down and be kind, there would probably be more people around to do
the same. It takes effort to be kind all the time, and we all struggle with it
(we aren’t all saints) but taking time to make the effort can be all the
miracle someone needed to smile. We don’t know what’s going on in someone
else’s life and if a single smile from a stranger made their day, then that was
their miracle.

From my first inklings about
creating this blog I wanted whatever I posted to bring joy to at least one
person who reads it. Because whether it reaches 1 or 1,000 people, I hope I
have made at least one miraculous smile on someone’s face.

“Use your smile to change the
world. Don’t let the world change your smile” – Unknown

Beca

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