Monday, March 12, 2012

Extraordinarily Ordinary

Today has been quite a long day and the moments have blurred together. It’s cloudy yet still beautiful this evening. When I close my eyes tonight another Monday will have broken broken. I have my window open as I write this. The birds are whistling rhapsodic tonight…perhaps their blissfulness is the result of the fast-approaching spring.
I sometimes pause and wonder how the days pass so quickly. How the days between last Monday and this Monday vanish so unbelievably fast. I wonder how many everyday gifts I miss and fail to appreciate due to time passing so fast. Even the gifts that recur daily feel like new gifts every single day. I wonder why we so often look for the biggest gifts and adrenaline-filled moments rather than enjoying and savoring life’s every day moments…the moments that truly last.
Maybe it is the ordinary days, mundane yet dependable, that are the days we should truly cherish.  Days draped with the familiar blessings that shield us from vulnerability. I think that these are my favorite days. Simple, quiet, ordinary days.
Today is one of those days…”extraordinarily ordinary” :)

31 comments:

  1. This post really made me think deeply and reflect on my values. I agree with you completely, we should appreciate what we have and appreciate life, because we have so much to live for. Extraordinarily touching!

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    1. Thank you Lily! I really love your blog as well. You do great work to bring attention to such important issues.

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  2. I used to wonder when life would finally get easy, when I would forever be happy. Then after a rolicking good laugh with my kids I realized the best times come in spurts and I need to appreciate each and every little spurt that comes along. :)

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    1. You are so right :) the best moments really do come in little spurts that we may not appreciate until looking back in hindsight.

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  3. "Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments." Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

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  4. A lovely post. I love the sentence, "Days draped with the familiar blessings that shield us from vulnerability." The familiar blessings are, as you say, what makes each day extraordinary. I don't want to miss those blessings, too busy looking for the extraordinary.

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    1. Thank you Tina! Yes it's important to not miss those everyday blessings.

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  5. Thanks for following my blog! I am a new follower of yours! Your spritual writing takes me to another place. Wonderful blog post!!

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    1. Thank you very much Stephanie. I really love your blog as well!

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    2. It's real easy to take for granted the things that are not advertised and promoted. The Fact that we awaken everyday should be enough. There are wonders all around us, but we fail to see them because we are disenchanted and only notice what we want that we MUST have, get and acquire. The gifts before our eyes that we see on a daily basis should be enough WONDER for us to take in.. and it's FREE.. but we strive for the things that cost money, becuase those are the things that define our worth to others and sadly, to ourselves

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    3. You're right Chris. The fact that we awaken every morning is quite a blessing in and of iteslf. I think it's so important to keep things in perspective.

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  6. Hey Keith!
    You have no idea how strangely surprised i was that someone even read my blog :D lol ( even though it is a blog website )
    Your blogs are very deep and honest and i LOVE that! My blog used to entail all of my problems and was suppose to be for ,all intents and purposes,a way for me to vent. But now that i look at it...i cannot allow myself to be so negative. I have always been the type of person to look at the bad things because thats just my luck, but hey! maybe it was just because i was expecting them to happen! You are a gifted man! You write brilliantly and on subjects that are strong and relatable!! I'll definitaly follow your blog! And i hope you'll follow mine :D

    XoXo Eliza

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Eliza! I'm definitely going to follow your blog as well.

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  7. I'm really glad that I have found this blog. The posts make me think and honestly that's not easy to do :)

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  8. I'm a fan of ordinary days spent with extraordinary people.

    Thank you for your visit and kind words. I'm happy to follow your blog.

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    1. Thank you sir and I am definitely going to follow yours as well!

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  9. It's true. And I think that is the heart of poetry, transcending the work-a-day world and learning how to wonder at ordinary things. I mean, if you happen to have an extra-ordinary life or a Dickensian child hood by all means, make use of it. But the world has enough beauty to continue to inspire songs of praise in all of us. We just have to learn to look for it.

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    1. I think you said it best when you say that we just have to look for it. I think we're often so busy thinking about what we don't have or where we're not at rather than focusing on what we DO have.

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  10. This is probably my favourite post. I felt like I was in another place reading that first paragraph, and then your words made me really think and reflect on my visions of life. I've been finding it quite difficult to appreciate life for a while because I've been so stressed what with A Levels, but this post is comforting because there is so much life after exams and coursework; keep fighting for what you want in life and you'll get there.

    You have a very perspicacious insight, and you are so inspiring. Here's looking forward to another one of your posts!

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    1. Thank you so very much Claire :) what a wonderful thing to say. I agree that it's so easy to get stressed, especially in this fast-paced day and age. I'm cetainly not immune to it. I think if we all occasionally take a step back and reflect on "the moment" that we could all lower our stress levels quite a bit!

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    2. Well consider it done with this piece! It's fabulous, really :)

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  11. Brilliant & inspiring post! I can really relate to this. At least in my experience, my favorite times are usually simple & calming, even if they aren't so extraordinarily memorable or pivotal. I like these best.

    :)

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    1. Thank you Jade :) Yes those moments, when all is said and done, actually end up being the most memorable ironically enough.

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  12. This post reminds me of something that the very amazing Morrie Schwartz would say and believe in. (:

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  13. It's beautiful and it transmits a sense of peace...even though I think the writer is a little bit confused, looks like a new inspiration or muse has knocked on your door and you were there to open it :)
    I truly enjoyed this writing of yours...It's quiet relaxing!

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  14. You have such a beautiful way of seeing the world - and writing it down.
    Can't wait to read more.

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  15. I'm so glad I stopped by to visit ~ and am so glad I "randomly" chose to read this post! Definitely lifted my spirits, and helped me see today as extra-ordinary :)

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