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Extraordinary in the Ordinary


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Each day seems to be filled with the uninteresting, mundane activities and routines of everyday life. Yet, when we become sick, disabled, or otherwise incapacitated these activities take on a different light. Whether we become incapable of doing them or we have to put extra attention on accomplishing our everyday tasks, in these moments we are forced to reconsider what we think we know about our life.

Normally, and it’s unfortunate, it takes an illness, injury, or the like to make us reflect on everyday life and consider what we do day to day and why. Similarly, it is easy to take advantage of our everyday privileges and blessings. This is why a ‘wake up call’ and a shock to the system is often needed. So, in this sense, it is important to be mindful of the possibility of every day.

Have you ever noticed that ‘extraordinary’ – special, magnificent – is composed of ‘extra’ and ‘ordinary’? Now, there are many whims and complexities of the English language, but that is not the focus. Perhaps, to become more extraordinary, it is important to realize the blessings in the extra ordinary.

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Change. An idea that causes dread and turmoil in so many people and families, yet also sparks hope. The world, people, places, everything is constantly changing. Impermanence is one of the only sureties we have. Change can come in an infinite number of ways. Change often shows up when least expected and is processed differently by everyone.

Yet, with all the turmoil it can cause, change brings opportunity. Change is especially vital is this way. A new job, a new life, a new tree, a new family; all are opportunities invited by change.

Why do things have to change? They’re fine the way they are.

As noted before, change is one of the only sureties we have. There is no guarantee that what you rely on today will be here tomorrow. In fact, quite the opposite is true; ‘the way things are’ is always changing. With the exception of well kept-up items and property, nothing will stay the way it is. This can be very depressing and hard to accept but also brings hope. Good days pass, but so do the bad days.

In this sense, bad times can be somewhat an inspiration for great change. Take, for example, the Civil Rights Movement, a monumental step of positive change that has indeed changed America. The great progress seen in the Civil Rights Movement could not have happened without the seemingly endless years of mistreatment and discrimination. So, when change comes your way, thank it for the opportunity it brings to make something positive out of bad times, and know that those times will pass. Cheers to change!