It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 17

In the ordinary days and ways of life.

Just another day in my extraordinary ordinary life

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. 

Jean Paul Richter

In our ordinary days, we pedal faster to keep up the pace and cover the bases, sometimes never pausing to thank the Lord for the ability to maintain that day’s journey. We murmur and complain when our days become weeks, even months, of muddled housework, homework, yard work, earning a living work, and taking care of a multitude of other ordinary needs we’ve faced.

It’s a fact though, real life happens in the small moments we find on the most ordinary day of the week. Ordinary small moments help us slow down and lean into the daily rhythms of work, family, and friends. They are those tiny, fingerprint sized moments where we build trust and faith and love and relationships.That’s when truly wonderful things happen.

There is a simple beauty in those ordinary days. They provide us with a quiet space to create a life of deep connection and love, and of giving to others. A life where you have the time and the energy to be fully present.

Normal day — let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may — for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth or bury my face in the pillow,  or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want more then all the world to return to you, normal day.


betty said...

I like normal days, they may be predictable, but there is always some beauty in them.


jack69 said...

There are some things I MUST repeat that I read, this is one more. This hit home my friend, thanks so very much:

(The normal day) Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.

Now that is sage advice.

Rick Watson said...

As busy as our lives seem to be, we crave "Normal" days.

Mevely317 said...

I love that line about "tiny, fingerprint-size moments"!
I've come to really appreciate the extraordinary ordinary ... the splendidly imperfect.


real life happens on the most normal days. "Normal day — let me be aware of the treasure you are. "