What comes to mind when you hear the word ordinary? I think of simple, common, unremarkable – business as usual in the everyday routine of life.
Grass and weeds and flowers and trees grow and die. The sun shines or clouds shower us with rain. Seasons come and go. Dogs run around being curious, then lie on the porch panting loudly.
We get up each day, eat our meals, do our work, then go to bed only to rise the next morning and do it all over again.
Ordinary Life Goes On
When I see the same things every day, my eyes tend to pass right over them without a thought. I just expect them to be there. All the appliances are in the same place doing their jobs, except when they break.
Beds are in the bedrooms. Food is in the kitchen. Mugs hang below a shelf while various things have collected on top. Tiny teapots are on a small display cabinet. It’s the same every day.
What if we looked at ordinary with new eyes? What if with a closer look, we discover that ordinary can be quite extraordinary?
This delicate ceramic doll was a gift from my grandmother in 1966. I was 14 years old. Using ordinary materials like lace and a bed sheet she created the beautiful dress. It has survived through many moves with the only damage being a broken finger and loss of some of the lace.
I see this doll every day thinking nothing about it, but when I pause to look at it remembering my grandmother and the love she put into it, I find joy.
Take a Closer Look at Your Ordinary
By taking time for a closer look, I think we might find much to be thankful for. If we slow down and intentionally look for the beauty throughout our day, we just might be surprised at what we find.
I see these cross stitch pieces every day without a second thought. Taking a closer look I see the detail and remember all the hard work that went into sewing them. I only did one of them while my super talented mother did the others. Looking at them reminds me of her and her loving hands. Nothing ordinary about that.
We may get tired of seeing the same objects day after day, but there is a comfort in knowing that some things never change.
The sun rises daily with all kinds of possibilities awaiting us. As it goes down at night the moon comes out faithfully just as God has planned. It may seem ordinary, but is it really?
We can ask God to help us look for comfort and peace in the ordinary, to practice gratitude for the simple things, to be aware of opportunities to bless others. A smile goes a long way to bring light to someone which in turn brightens our day, too.
Let’s take our ordinary days and turn them into extraordinary ones!
*This post is an update from July, 2015, on my former blog.*