Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Being Ordinary is a Gift"

Often we take for granted just being ordinary.

We feel the constant pressure to compete, to excel,

and to be special.

The fact is most people are average with respect to

any particular human characteristic.

That is the definition of average.

And yet many are not satisfied with the average or ordinary

and tend to be discontent and always striving.

It is a great relief and healing when you realize that just

ordinary and your ordinary life are wonderful gifts.

When people are ill often they long to return to their

life and to be able to do the things they ordinarily

do like climbing a flight of stairs

grocery shopping, or driving a car.

Many times when I have taken care of young people

with a serious illness like diabetes they've felt sad and

frustrated because they had to stick to a special diet

and take insulin while all the other kids could eat

whatever they wanted and just be normal.

They longed to be able to do ordinary things in life like

go to school, get a job, get married and have a baby.

Many worked very hard to accomplish these goals.

Each of us should practice to appreciate our

ordinary lives.

With awareness, the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

You need to pay attention to what you are doing.

Be one with each task, action, or thing. In this way you

will discover your true nature and the true nature of

each thing will shine through, illuminating everyday life.

You will perceive the richness of life and feel blessed

just to be an ordinary person.

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