Taking It Home
Dogbert (gazing at night sky: No matter how bad the day is, the stars are always there.
Dilbert: Actually, many of them burned out years ago, but their light is just now reaching earth.
Dogbert: Thank you for shattering my comfortable misconception.
Dilbert: It's the miracle of science. — Scott Adams
IN TODAY’S SESSION… we concluded the program, exploring physical phenomena that remain wonderfully mysterious, even to science. While revisiting stories and themes from the entire program, participants were invited to reconsider their own ideas about miracles and encouraged to continue looking and working for miracles after the program ends.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER: Talk about… Has your idea of miracles or what is miraculous changed over the course of this program? How do you think differently about miracles now? What are some of the miraculous qualities about your family?
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try… an outdoor discovery trip to exercise your ability to notice miracles. Visit a nearby park or sit on your own front stoop; you can focus on nature or, instead, focus on human behavior. Challenge yourselves to observe everything as if for the first time, looking with close attention. Bring a magnifying glass, pencil and paper for sketching, and a note pad to try to describe something in very specific detail with words, as if writing a letter to someone who has never, and may never, have the opportunity to witness the miracles you will see.
A Family Ritual. Remind each other to be grateful for the miracles all around us. At the end of a day, take a moment together, and have each family member say, “I am grateful for the miracle of____________.”