Sunday, August 07, 2016

An Interesting Life?

Once a co-worker said to me, “Michael, you’ve had an interesting life”.  I have to admit that it hasn’t always felt interesting but I have had some interesting experiences along the way.  A deeper reality, however, is that if you added up all the interesting experiences in my life it would be a small percentage of the sixty five years I have lived so far. Most of my life has been ordinary. A big chunk of time has been taken up by the business of living. This is not to say that ordinary is bad. Interesting experiences might be thought of like weekends. We all live for them but they make up a small portion of our lives.  Most of life is ordinary and much of it can seem boring or routine.  This is why it is so important to pay attention to the moment, to be awake, and to be aware of the potential for the extraordinary within the ordinary.  I truly believe there is much that is extraordinary hidden within the ordinary. Enjoy the ordinary days. Enjoy your first cup of coffee in the morning. Notice the sunrise. Laugh with your friends. Listen to lots of your favorite music. Eat a piece of the cake that your co-worker brought into the office. Spend some time in your favorite chair with a good book. Look out the window and enjoy the scenery. Even better, go outside and enjoy the scenery.  Don’t let the joy of ordinary days pass you by while you are waiting for something interesting to happen.

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