Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Celebrating the Ordinary

The Ordinary Family

I was recently asked in an e-mail, "Why is your blog about celebrating the ordinary?"

Good question, and probably a bit overdue for me at address, since I've been at this blogging thing for a while now.  Forgive me, sometimes I get caught up in the rush.

Gary Morson said, “Cloaked in their very ordinariness, the prosaic events that truly shape our lives--escape our notice…The infinitely numerous and apparently inconsequential ordinary ones, which taken together, are far more effective and significant.”

At Diary of a Square Toothed Girl, I celebrate the ordinary because, while it is the ordinary that usually escapes our attention, it is in the simple moments of living where we can choose to be happy.  These "infinitely" ordinary moments are the building blocks of our lives.  I am a firm believer that little hinges swing big gates, or the idea that small and simple acts bring about great change.  When measured as a whole, who can estimate the value of a kind word, an afternoon in the service of another, or a quiet moment by ourselves to reflect and meditate?

Here is where joy lives:  in the small and simple--need I say it--ordinary moments of our days.  Too often, too many look ahead to tomorrow as their arrival point of happiness.  "When I am_______, then I'll be happy."  And then they wonder "why?" when it never comes, because they missed the present moment, the ordinary, the simple and the prosaic--they missed right now.

Right now, in these ordinary moments, happiness dwells.

Happiness can be ours right now, right here, imperfect though we are, it can be a gift of our choosing.  Sometimes we will need to change in order to get it.  Maybe we'll  have to refine ourselves and our habits.  Maybe we will need to pay more attention to our thoughts.  Maybe we will need to pay more attention to others.  Maybe we will need to find a bit more balance, or take some time off, or change careers, get the picture.

Pearl S. Buck gave the world one of the greatest quotes, and it is my favorite.
She said, "It is the hour to seize joy with both hands."

So, grasp the joy of the hour.  Seize the gift that is today.  Find, look for, fight for your happiness.  You are worth it.

Celebrate the prosaic.

Celebrate the moment.

Celebrate yourself.
Join us in celebrating the simple moments of everyday life.
Become a follower of Diary Of A Square Toothed Girl...come on, you know you want to. ;)

1 comment:

  1. Yep, and Abraham Lincoln said "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
    My Mother in Law liked Honest ABE and my SIL has this quote in a stitchery in her Kitchen where she can see it all the time.