Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary
We can enjoy life so much more when we pay closer attention to the extraordinary things in our everyday. The more we focus on the abundance and beauty of life, the less we might focus on nitpicking at our bodies.
In her book Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, author and artist Kelly Rae Roberts talks about finding the sacred in the ordinary, which she says “not only expands our personal gratitude for every ounce of the world’s offerings, but it fuels our creative expression.”
She explains that, “Seeking the sacred in the ordinary not only means finding the importance in seemingly unimportant moments within our everyday lives, but it also means acknowledging the value of treasures that are often long forgotten, unused or left behind.”
She shares how her sister finds the beauty in “old weathered books, cracked mirrors, ripped and torn letters” and turns them into art.
Roberts finds beauty in the everyday by taking pictures on her walks and capturing everything from the sun setting (which reminds her “of the birth of possibility”) to old doorways to heart-shaped leaves.
(She actually makes it a point to seek out heart shapes every where. Amazing, right?)
She encourages readers to do the same and to collect physical mementos like leaves or rocks.
That’s why I like iPhone apps such as Instagram, which lets you snap a photo and use fun filters. Even though it’s just a quick snap of something seemingly small, each photo starts to open up an entire world to us; it’s like putting on glasses when your vision has been blurry for a while.
I’m always amazed at the beauty and wonder people are able to capture in their everyday lives through the lens.
Roberts includes an awesome exercise in Taking Flight that can help us sharpen our ability to see the sacred in the everyday. Simply complete the following sentences:
In my everyday life, I may be overlooking things that I want to see more of, such as:
I find small moments of gratitude at these times, at these places and/or with these people:
I see beauty in:
I can capture the sacred in the ordinary by:
Here are a few inspiring quotes from the same chapter:
“How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives. The tragedy is that we ignore so much of it in the interest of getting to the real stuff.” ~ Annie Dillard
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things…I play with leaves, I skip down the street and run against the wind.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~ Jean Baptiste Massieu
How will you start finding the sacred in the ordinary? Do you enjoy taking pictures of your everyday?
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Tartakovsky, M. (2012). Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 5, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/06/finding-the-extraordinary-in-the-ordinary/