the post that leads to nowhere {my ordinary life.}



{The response to yesterdays post was wonderful {huzzah!} and I'm excited to get underway!  I'll give some details tomorrow, so make your way back.  I'd write about it today but I needed to get the following post out before my brain exploded. You know how that goes.}



At the onset of this post, I know it will wind down a road to a non-existent conclusion.

But just like running, reading or talking to my husband, click-clacking on the keys is just something that I must do, to close out a day.  Who knows why or for what return, but I need to show up and prodcue something, maybe more so these days, then before.

I've been thinking about an ordinary life, lately.

Remember in You've Got Mail when Kathleen Kelly questioned her small life?  I do.  I recall it all the time.  I even wrote about it once and I remember the response being quiet and maybe it's because people don't stop to think about a small life or if ordinary is o.k. Maybe people feel a sense of failure if they lead a seemingly small life.  Maybe they feel the only satisfaction comes from a life lived large and outwardly grand?
Maybe it's because we are living in our future lives already and taking little time to observe our future space.

Today I woke up with a cold and I had horrendous hair until 9am.  I went to the post office and I just ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.  For second lunch, I'll have another.
I saw a friend and watched my daughter swim huge strides across a huge pool and felt pangs of pain as I saw her once-small body reaching out to grab a concrete slab, when I can still feel her newborn skin pressed against by chest.

My kids sleep and it's warm and my house needs to be tidied up.  It's quiet and the mailman is walking up and down the streets but I can hear the faint roll of a lawnmower.

A very ordinary life.  A very simple and sometimes boring one, too.

But why I like that isn't because I'm adverse to excellence or greatness. Quite the opposite, actually.  I think I like small and simple because it leaves room for the extraordinary to actually occur.  The wiggle room in my life is a blessing so I'll squeeze it out and save it in a jar so when a moment comes for whatever greatness may be calling...I'll be there.  Hopefully.

Small and ordinary is good because it doesn't assume that we understand everything and we aren't doing all of the many things we think we should be doing.  There's wisdom in that, right?

A line in one of U2's songs resonates with me.
"The more you see, the less you know.  The less you find out as you go."
Why I like that, I'm not all together sure, but it might have something to do with the cold hard fact that when I try to break from simple, I muddle everything.  I dip my hands and feet into hurried waters and come up soaked with regret for not being more wise and slowing down.  I search and look and tend to want to figure things out and I'm getting to the point in my life where failure in that regards is teaching me to stop it.  Let go.  Stop pushing and be.
When I go out searching, sometimes I come home forgetting what I went out looking for.

Does that make sense? {it's alright if you're saying no}


Ordinary is o.k.  After-all, we are all a bit ordinary. We just run from it, which we shouldn't because it binds us together.
It doesn't mean that we can't do extraordinary things....we just have to move life to a place where extraordinary can find a timeslot.

{See.  I told you it was a windy road to just about nowhere....}


16 comments:

  1. i love this post. beautifully said. :)

    i often times feel discouraged when it seems as if family/friends are leading busier, more grand lives. but then the Lord reminds me that busy is not necessarily better, and grander doesn't mean any more blessed.

    thanks for your words, and the reality check today!

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    1. You are 100% right.
      We use the wrong measuring stick, all too often.

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  2. I am someone that constantly gets ahead of myself so this really resonates with me. Ordinary is just fine. I don't need to do EVERYTHING, I need to do what's before me to the best of my ability and above all, to the glory and honor of God. If I keep that simple goal, ordinary is very, very fulfilling.

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    1. ALL to His glory-that's the key to this life and it's "success"!!

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  3. girlfriend, you are a seriously good writer. this post is so what I needed in the middle of my day :)

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  4. i have personally noticed that if you just act normal..the normal-ness in other people tend to come out. These days everyone is trying to impress everyone..when you finally find a "normal" person..it is like a breath of fresh air.

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    1. You are absolutely right-we are all linked with some level of "ordinary". Making people feel comfortable in their "normalness" is important, isn't it?

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  5. love that movie! i think i am getting more comfortable with my small life each day.

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  6. Every morning, when I open your blog to read and there is something new, I thank God that you came back to blog. I missed you for many months.

    I often remind myself that we are not all called to be a Peter. Some of us were called to be the boy with the fishes and loves - to do something small without knowing the big impact of it. That's me.

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    1. Hi Jenni!! Thank you SO much for this comment. I'm glad to be back!

      I think our push to do something "great" and amazing is really our sin nature wanting glory. If we realized it isn't about us, I think we would do things so much differently.

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