My Five Minute Friday on: Ordinary
The alarm clock beckoned at 6:40am this morning and I laid there for five minutes allowing wake to wash over me. I convinced my feet to find their slippers and shuffled in to make sure my middle-schooler was up.
It's raining and dark and I'm still in my slippers when I drop him off for school.
The rank-smelling dishwasher overwhelms me as I loaded the last of the morning dishes from the sink. And it lulls me, now, with its swishing growl as it cleans what we dirtied.
Taylor Swift and my daughter sing a duet in our back room. It's almost time for the carpool.
In about 20 minutes I'll return to a quiet house. I've learned to appreciate the silence — where there's space to string together whole thoughts and think them or type them or just sit with them for awhile.
If I continued to list my today it would sound mundane. Today is pretty ordinary, just like yesterday and the one before.
But when I take a moment to embrace ordinary I find thankfulness. Because the slippers and the boy and the rain and the dishwasher and the daughter singing are part of my extraordinary ordinary. The kids I wouldn't trade. The blessings and the provisions and the warm house on this rainy day are more than I could ask for.
Most days I don't contemplate my life or my routine or the dishwasher's hum. But sometimes, it's worth being intentional about noticing the ordinary that fills in the gaps between the defining life moments.
Because it's all joy and there are treasures found when you embrace the ordinary.
This is a post in a series called, 31 days of Intentional Living. You can find all the posts in this series here, updated each day in October. Category: Inspirational & Faith
Linking today with Lisa-Jo…