Slowing Down into Simplicity
Our culture in America dislikes the ordinary, instead people want fresh, exciting lives filled with bling.
As Americans we count the events of our lives in the extraordinary—milestone days like our birthday, our first day of school, graduation days, our first job, and many other such days which stand out.
We can’t wait for the daily grind of our job to be over. We impatiently finish the laundry, the dinner dishes, mowing the yard, or whatever so we can leave the drudgery and do something exciting.
Take John and Sara…
“I’m tired of running. We’re always going somewhere to do something. Can’t we just stay home?” Sara complained.
“What! And get bored?” John answered as he changed into casual wear for the evening. “You’ll enjoy yourself when you get there.”
“We might think about a romantic night at home, no pressure, no rushing, no people. Maybe a simple PJ night with a movie.” Sara replied dreamily.
“That’s so ordinary. Everybody does that. We’re different. We’re not the type to sit at home just because….”
Do you find yourself like John, scared of becoming ordinary, or like Sara, wanting to slow down into simplicity? We try to do so much, but I believe most of our life occurs in the living of the ordinary.
Being simple for simplicity sake.
Maybe a simple ordinary day is good if we chat with a friend, visit a relative, or read a life-changing book.
I’ll finish with a question: Are our ordinary days really in fact extraordinary days? Our actions on these days help determine the rest of our lives and help us touch those we care about.