I recently stumbled across Brene Brown (the Internet holds endless wonders and discoveries, doesn't it?) whose research into the human condition is fascinating. A couple of videos of her TEDx talks are the worth the investment of your time (at least I felt they were worth the investment of mine!) The Power of Vulnerability and The Price of Invulnerability are thought provoking, heartwarming, and funny. She knows the 'stuff' we all do (and admits freely to doing it herself...makes her totally charming!) What I'm getting to here, is that she talks about the ways we can choose to live wholeheartedly, vulnerably... by, among other things, Practising Gratitude and Honouring the Ordinary. Which brings me to my point...Lately, I've been feeling a little less than enamoured with the ordinary (if I was totally honest with you - bored. Not bored as in nothing to do, bored as in uninspired, untouched and unimpressed). So, I set myself the task of looking at the ordinary with fresh eyes. A sunrise...very ordinary, in that there's one every day. But magical, and beautiful...I know I forget to notice that sometimes. Every day a new, fresh opportunity to appreciate things we take for granted.
My ordinary days include my family. With all the convivial chaos that that includes. And that makes me a lucky, lucky woman.
My ordinary environment looks like this...peaceful, quiet, yet solid and strong.
These guys visit my eucalyptus trees regularly. Some days, their chattering and partying can make it hard to think straight...but their enthusiasm is infectious.
One of my most favourite 'ordinary' things to do is write in my journal...a great place to practice gratitude. And one of the things I am grateful for is You. You honour me so greatly by giving up your time to stop by here and read my ruminations - Thank you!
Looking at your 'ordinary', and honouring it - recognising how special it really is - is something I thoroughly recommend....try it today.