We continue to edge deeper into the holiday season, leaving the green grass and gentle breezes of ordinary time behind. This is not to say there has not been the extraordinary, both beautiful and excruciatingly challenging within the reeds and gentle winds, but the temperature is now dramatically changing. The challenge now is to find the “ordinary” within the extraordinary. The small spaces in the largely decorated places. The remembrance of warm cups of coffee and a glint of sunlight amongst a big season, loud, wonderfully in-your-face season.
I hope to be able to hold hands with both “the biggies”- the extraordinary, and the ordinary things that come my way. These are a few ways I might try:
– biggie: buy and write out cards -ordinary: brew a hot cup of tea and let the card writing last for 1 1/2 hours instead of 1- moving a little bit slowly and nourishing the process
-biggie: shop for presents online -ordinary: stop and read a great passage from a inspiring book, chew on it for a few moments, even have a conversation about it with someone
-biggie: try to use up all the Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator
-ordinary: re-member how each dish was shared, people’s reactions to it, mine as well, and incorporate it into a new dish, now re-imagined with memory and gratitude.
May you make the ordinary feel extraordinary in the gratitude of the moment.