The Wonder of The Ordinary

Monday, September 24, 2012

My dad sent this quote to me the other day. I'm having a hard time finding out who exactly said it. I believe it is from an addiction recovery program of some sort. It resonated with me and maybe it will with you as well. 

The extraordinary, the amazing, the phenomena are daily glorified in the movies, the news, and on television. Our senses become bombarded. We become addicted to drama. The only things that get our attention are the big, catastrophic, knee-jerking events.

Take a closer look at your life, your everyday world, and the people and activities in it. If it were all taken from you in one moment, what would you miss? What sights, what sounds, what smells? Would you miss the view from your kitchen window? If you were never to see that scene again, would you nostalgically reminisce about it, wishing you could see it one more time, remembering how beautiful it was, and how much that familiar sight comforted you in your daily life?

What about those toys strewn about or the baby crying because he's hungry or wet? What about the sounds of the city you live in as it comes to life each morning? Or how about how your child smells after her bath? Or when she comes in cold from playing in the snow?

What about the way your friend smiles, or that little thing he says all the time that's not funny but he thinks it is, so you laugh?

Look closely at the ordinary in your life. While you're being grateful, don't forget to express pure, sheer gratitude for how beautiful the ordinary really is. We can easily overlook the ordinary, take it for granted. The sun rises and sets, the seasons come and go, and we forget how beautiful and sensational the familiar really is.

God thank you for every detail of my ordinary, everyday world.


  1. I love it! Such a great reminder for a mom who stays home with the kids and feels like life is the movie Groundhog Day. As mothers, we truly are surrounded by beauty that is easy to miss. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Those words must speak volumes to you, especially coming from your father. My most favorite thing this weekend was watching my 2-year old grandson (who calls me GaGa). Now he tells other people, "My GaGa!!" I love my ordinary life. Although I am just one person in a sea of millions of individuals on this planet, for my grandson, I am everything!!

  3. Whoever said that was a GENIUS! Thanks for sharing it with me! It is always good to be reminded that the ordinary is extraordinary!


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