Magic of Ordinary Days

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAEarlier this week, one of the Hallmark Channels aired a movie entitled, “The Magic of Ordinary Days.”  It is a drama set during World War II when the world was a very different place.

I have seen the movie and enjoyed it.  However, hearing and reading the title inspired me to write since I think there is magic in ordinary days.

Ordinary is defined as the regular or customary condition or course of things.  It often gets a bad rap since things are “supposed” to be unique, or special or amazing.  But, in the midst of storms of life, the ordinary is comforting.

We are creatures of habit and routine and that is what ordinary days are to me.  The comfort of knowing what to expect is nice. Don’t get me wrong, I do like excitement and new and exciting things, but I am basic person and happy with ordinary things.

Some of the ordinary things that make me happy are:

  • Time in the morning with my guys as we sit on the bed, talk, and watch Good Morning America
  • My coffee with creamer each morning
  • Doing word finds
  • A cold glass of milk with a special treat
  • Shopping at the local Goodwill for new clothes
  • Watching reruns of a favorite show for the umpteenth time
  • Singing along to each and every word of a favorite musical or song on the radio
  • Re-reading a favorite book
  • Walking around a new city (like Charleston, SC) with my son and other family – as in the blog’s picture
  • Playing cards or games with my family
  • Talking and laughing with friends
  • Weekly trips to the library
  • Walking to and from school with my son (actually this is pretty special and will happening again soon)

The people in my life are not ordinary but extraordinary.  They enrich my life and bring me happiness.  To be with them is special and fun.

Here are a few quotes I found about ordinary and extraordinary:

  • “You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.”– Mitch Albom
  • “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary”– John Keating
  • “Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.” — Wicker Park
  • “In extraordinary times, the ordinary takes on a glow and wonder all of its own”– Mike A. Lancaster

I am truly thankful for both the ordinary and extraordinary.  I wonder what today will bring?  I can’t wait to find out.

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An Ordinary Life — Well, Sort Of

5minutefridayHello and Happy Friday!  Hope you have a great weekend planned.  Today’s topic for Five Minute Friday is Ordinary.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now Go…

There was a movie made by Hallmark called, The Magic of Ordinary Days.  I like that title since it takes away the bad connotation of ordinary.  And, it raises the question of if there can be magic in ordinary days and circumstances?

I think the answer is yes.  Amazing things can happen in the normalcy that is often our life.

As I said in the title, well, sort of.  Some days are extraordinary and the best things possible happen.  Like a few nights ago, Ian read most of his new book to me.  I helped him with sounding out words he didn’t know, but he read most of it.  That is part of his learning to read, but it is an exciting part and he was very proud of himself.

I also think that my life is often ordinary — meaning the same thing seems to occur. And there is routine.  That to me is a good thing and seems to be working with us now that our son is in school.  My days through the week are often the same but so far, that is comforting and a good thing.

Websters.com defines Ordinary as “of no special value or interest; plain or undistinguished; or customary, usual, normal.”

I don’t really like most of these definitions but they are what they are.  I suppose the thing is to find the special in our ordinary.  Then again, sometimes there is great comfort in an ordinary day.

May you make the most of your day – whether ordinary or not.  I will try to do the same.

Now STOP!!

To read other thoughts on Ordinary, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2013/10/five-minute-friday-ordinary-3/.