Embracing The Ordinary…


Sometimes people think enjoying life means celebrating special occasions, observing important milestones, getting raises, and promotions, going on a vacation, buying something new, winning a big game, or closing a significant business deal. The truth is, life is not one big party, we should not expect to giggle our way through everyday; and we cannot definitely sit around and wait for the next exciting event.

Thankfully, those noteworthy things do happen, but they are few and far between. They certainly do not occur everyday, or even once a week or even once a month. We need to celebrate life’s exciting occasions and it’s big events, but in between them, we must be able to find joy in fighting traffic, going to work, listening to that stranger that needs our help, cleaning the house, raising our children, taking out the trash, paying the bills, and of course dealing with that grouchy neighbor.

We all have responsibilities and things we must do, so when I say embrace the ordinary, I am not talking about entertaining ourselves from daylight until dark or about getting our way all the time. Enjoying life begins with making a decision to do so, even with the little things around us because the truth is, no matter what kind of lives we have, we will not enjoy them unless we decide to do so.

One of the great keys to happiness lies in understanding that most of life is “everyday”. If we are really going to enjoy every day, we must learn to embrace the ordinary, to find delight in the little things around and within us and to find pleasure in the circumstances and situations other people might overlook. Mark 4: 26,27, reminds us that the “kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground, and then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases, he knows not how”. Here the scripture teaches us that something happens to a seed while it is underground, a process of growth and nourishment, that no one can see.

The same principle applies to our lives. Much of life takes place when no one is looking and God works in our lives during the ordinary times. We need to remember, when nothing remarkable seems to be taking place and everything is all business as usual, that’s where the develop character and the ability to enjoy life moment by moment, day by day, week after week and year after year, we find all of life has become rich, deep, and satisfying.

True life is really not found in arriving at a destination; it is found in the journey”.

36 thoughts on “Embracing The Ordinary…

  1. Enjoying life is a decision.
    Once a person makes it his life will never be the same. It’s where we find a peace of mind.
    Because if we think about it, God wants us to enjoy life and one another.
    Thanks for a wonderful reminder.

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  2. Life is far from ordinary…for each day is new and brings with it something different, if only we look. But we become complacent, and only see what we think is the same thing. Thus we live for those special days and miss the extraordinary daily events of life.
    I usually don’t comment on the posts where you through religion into the write. But I do like the theme.

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    1. Hahahaha.. I laughed so hard right now. Thanks buddy for dropping by and commenting. I missed your comment and thankfully now I know why. I will be more flexible and be more empathic when writing. We should endeavor to see and live life in every possible way that we can. I’m really glad to have you here.

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    1. Where have you been buddy? It’s been forever. Is everything going well? How are you doing? I’m really glad you dropped by. I’m smiling chin to chin right now. Missed your comments my friend.

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        1. I’m really sorry to hear that but relieved to hear that he’s doing well again. I am hopeful he will never have to be sick again because I know he is in good hands. I love you too and it’s good to have you back here. 😍😍😍😍

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  3. “True life is really not found in arriving at a destination; it is found in the journey”. I love this. This is my favorite part of the post. I didn’t understand this until just within well the past couple of months. I was always worried about the destination and where I would end up, but what I needed to concerned was the journey. I was missing out on the journey and what it had to offer me. Love this. Just beautiful.

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