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Ordinarily extraordinary

A Facebook friend posted this excerpt and it gave me great pause. How much of life is focused on striving to "succeed" with little to no focus on the small stuff? Though there is great value in the dedication and effort associated to excellence, it shouldn’t come at the expense of appreciating the “ordinary”, the many fleeting moments and experiences that make life truly rich.
As an example, the other day on my way to work, I observed the woman walking ahead of me who stopped at a tree along the way. I noticed that she placed her hand on the tree’s enormous trunk and just stood there motionless. Taken aback by this gesture, I stopped to watch for a moment as I understood exactly what she was doing. Praying.

Though I am not religious, I have immense respect for the thoughtfulness inherent in taking time to give thanks. Her effort to do that and connect to Mother Nature in what felt to me a very profound way was noteworthy.
Appreciating the small moments and showing appreciation makes for a beautiful life. After all, the ordinary is what is most extraordinary.


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