“As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic.” ~Richard Linklater
It is the ordinary things that make up the totality of a life, that give it color and flavor and texture, and provide the nuance.
Ordinary things make up the beautiful tapestry of our existence, and they inspire us, and bring meaning and beauty into our lives, quietly nourishing our soul along the way.
And while the ordinary things are often subtle and nondescript, they exist to beautify our lives, make them better, and remind us to be grateful for another day.
They are the tiny little gifts that make our days sweeter and more vibrant, and refresh our spirits.
The ordinary things are the bowls of ice cream, and the fresh, hot cups of coffee with something a little sweet on the side...
The ordinary things are the birds singing their songs in the morning, and the butterfly that lands on your shoulder...
The ordinary things are the roses that bloom on the bush, and the little wildflowers that pop up in the front lawn...
The ordinary things are the morning kisses, and the warm hugs goodbye...
The ordinary things are the calls just to say “I love you”, and the texts that say, “Just thinking of you”...
The ordinary things are the home cooked meals that taste divine, and the freshly-baked oatmeal cookies cooling in the window...
The ordinary things are playing your favorite music loudly and singing to it, and opening up a book that inspires, and getting lost for a while...
The ordinary things are taking a walk in the neighborhood you've lived in for years, and playing with your kids at the local park...
The ordinary things are making popcorn to go along with that film you absolutely love, and staying up well past your bedtime, chatting into all hours of the night with someone you love...
The ordinary things are often taken for granted, yet are the most important and meaningful things in the world.
My heart is bursting with gratitude for the ordinary things in my life, those often-overlooked morsels that make my life shimmer, yet don't always get the credit that they deserve.
And I want to open my eyes even more to them, to be aware of what they bring, and to find as much simple pleasure in them as I can.
After all, it is always the ordinary things that make life quite extraordinary.
Taste what's good and pass it on.
“From The Heart” is a space for me to share some of my more personal thoughts on life. Here you'll find my reflections on my own inner/spiritual journey; on being a wife and mother; on being a creative; and general observations, pretty much whatever is on my mind.
I whole-heartedly believe that sharing "from the heart" with one another is what connects us, heals us, and inspires us! Glad you're here...
I have thinking these same thoughts recently. I'm grateful for all of the "ordinary" things in my life! Thank you for echoing my experiences.
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Hi Lorena, that is so wonderful to read! Those ordinary things truly are so very sweet, and when we're mindful of them and what they bring into our lives, we can appreciate them so much more! Thanks for commenting.
Love how you share your heart with all of us. How is it that so many people feel the same feelings but won’t admit it or can’t put it into words. I treasure the ordinary moments in my life. Thank you for your beautiful words and thoughts
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Hi Judy, thank you so much for your precious and uplifting words...I hold them close to me, and cherish them!
This is perfect, Ingrid. I love the ordinariness of life, savoring the little events, the beauty of everydayness. This reminds me of one of your previous posts in which you talked about slowing down in order to pay attention to our lives.
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I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread,
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head.
And in a leaf-laced square along the floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through the door.
I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain’s blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my windowsill,
A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase;
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there.
(~ Grace Noll Crowell, from I Have Found Such Joy)
Until we speak again, sending you love ~ R
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Wow...what stunningly beautiful words! You have made my spirit sing by sharing them, and I am grateful. My soul just wants to "sigh"...
May we take notice of these little ordinary things that we are blessed with, and enjoy them with abandon, as I truly believe it is how we honor our Creator.
Sending my love Roseanne, as well as my thanks for sharing such beauty.