Let's not be afraid of ordinary

There is so much pressure these days to be extraordinary.  

Write the blog post that goes viral. Then craft a dinner with flavors and plating that would please the foodies of the world. After that, make sure to decorate in a way that would make every room of your house Pinterest worthy. And when you throw your kid a birthday party, please make sure that every single trinket, food item, and activity revolves around a central theme with all of it perfectly coordinated into a seamless activity.


No one can do it. We know that don’t we? No one can be extraordinary all the time. It’s just not possible.


Why does being ordinary frighten us so much anyway? What are we afraid will happen if we enjoy days that are simply normal?

 extraordinary eyes

I wonder what would happen if we spent less time trying to do extraordinary things, and more time trying to see with extraordinary eyes. To notice that the same things that feel mundane to me would be unbelievable blessings to someone else.


I don’t want to take the ordinary for granted. I want to drink it up like a cool refreshing glass of water.

Five Minute FridayThis post is linking up with Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. A weekly prompt with strict instructions: write for 5 minutes and post. No over-editing. No do-overs. An practice of freedom. A way to let go of perfectionism. An exercise for some not often used writing muscles. Read more posts or link up over there. Today’s prompt was: ORDINARY. (Note: I spend only 5 minutes on the writing, but I do take a little extra time to put together the image. I can't help myself.)