After a four day absence to attend a yoga/meditation retreat with Amma (the hugging saint) in Boston, I came back to over a thousand emails and a lot of catching up to do; reading and commenting back on blog buddy and new posts, getting back to household chores and appointments, following up on my kids schedules, and refocusing on the present. Some of the lessons of the retreat fit today’s prompt and included a reminder to appreciate the simple things in life; to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to be immensely grateful for the good we enjoy, to share our gifts generously with others, and to offer our service and goodwill to all; especially those who have none.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the #Trust30 prompt was the beauty in sleep; good, sound, rejuvenating sleep. I have been on a sleep challenged roller coaster for over a year and it is a blessing when one can get to sleep well… Sleep is something seemingly ordinary that we forget to think about the beauty of it.
#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt: To be an artist one has to find beauty in ordinary things. Find 10 things of great beauty in the landscape that surrounds you. For example, crumple sheets on your bed in the morning, the smell of coffee making its way around a busy office.
✿♡✿ The Beauty in Sleep
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a Cup of Tea/Coffee
✿♡✿ The Beauty in Clean water
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a Smile
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a loaf of bread
When we think about the simple things we enjoy everyday, the things that happen routinely and add ease to our lives, like clean water for tea and bread, we cannot help but show our gratitude by saying a simple prayer of thanks or sharing a random act of kindness with others. Above and below are my ten beauty ordinary things list. We can find beauty in the magnificent and the mundane; no one thing holds all of beauty and once we set aside our superficial differences, we are, at heart, all the same. What are your ordinary things to celebrate? More Below.
“Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.” Karl Menninger
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a strolling/walking path … and butterflies in nature
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a Sunrise … even sunlight
✿♡✿ The Beauty in Clean Laundry
✿♡✿ The Beauty in Rain Showers
✿♡✿ The Beauty in all things we dismiss because we forget… breath
I find that when I am experiencing discomfort or frustration over delays or the things that aren’t “working” in my life, I can choose to wallow in self-pity even outrage or shift my mind to the needs of others. How can I be of service to another? How can I help ease someone else’s needs? These are questions that can help us change direction and refocus on what truly matters… learning to appreciate the life we have. Of course, the real secret to this exercise is that there is always the extraordinary in the ordinary. What about you? What are your thoughts? What ten things fit your beauty in the ordinary bill? Do you find time to share your appreciation and how? What other things would you add to the list? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from RalphWaldoEmerson.me: To be an artist one has to find beauty in ordinary things. Find 10 things of great beauty in the landscape that surrounds you. For example, crumple sheets on your bed in the morning, the smell of coffee making its way around a busy office.
Positive Motivation Tip: See the beauty in the ordinary and share your delight.
- Reflections: Most Ordinary… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- #Trust30 Day Twenty-Four: Most Ordinary (pinkjuniormints.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: A Nature Walk… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Reflections: Nothing To Lose… (eof737.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Eros Sleeping, butterfly in nature, a smile, clean water, rain showers, breath, via Wikipedia. A loaf of bread by JRonaldLee and Clean Laundry by TomyLees via Flickr