A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event might be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods), magic, a miracle worker, a saint or a religious leader, according to Wikipedia.

I believe in miracles. I look for them in everyday life. When we focus on the miracles in our lives, we are happier. Think about your miracles.

Healthy family relationships:

Living under the same roof with the same people day in and day out can be strenuous on any relationship. Family relationships can be some of the closest, while at the same time, the most distant.

Personalities clash, feelings get hurt and bridges have a way of burning, often causing feuds that can lasts years.

This is especially difficult when caring for someone with dementia.

People who find themselves in situations like these might think, “It would take a miracle to fix our family.” And then a miracle happens.

Random acts of kindness:

Cookies delivered to your door, a nice note in the mailbox or inbox, a smile from a stranger. These seemingly small acts can often have miraculous effects – from healing the sick to causing more kindness to be spread.

When one feels loved, he or she is more apt to show kindness toward others. Kindness is contagious.

What prompted me to write about miracles today?

I do look for miracles in everyday life, but recently three were presented to me on a silver platter.

A week before I went out of town for Christmas, I found a dog wandering around in a parking lot. She had no tags, no microchip and was very scared. I took her home and before going to bed I wanted to see if she needed to relieve herself.

Long story short, she slipped out of the lead and ran. I felt totally responsible for this fur baby.

I found a similar looking dog on Google, posted a picture to Facebook, and five days later a family found her and fell in love with her. End result: happy family, happy puppy.

Then, while in Texas over Christmas my daddy became ill and was admitted to the hospital. He needed four blood transfusions and multiple tests.

Just before I left to come back to South Carolina he was released in good health.

I have been praying that my little sister and her long-time companion commit themselves to one another in marriage. They truly love one another but just have not been able to move forward. Good news: They are moving forward this year.

Make this your year of daily miracles. Just keep an open mind and kind heart.

If you are caring for someone with dementia, it might also be a good year to let Memory Matters help you with resources, support, and exceptional day programs.

Don’t let another day go by without reaching out for help. Call us and talk with one of our dementia specialists at 843-842-6688.

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters.org