There is a lot of striving for extraordinary in our world these days!
What extravagant location will I visit?
What luxury brand of purse or clothing can I buy?
How much do I make per year?
What private school do our children attend?
What can I post on social media to make myself be seen and be extraordinary?
Me, I am striving for ordinary.
How many walks or hikes can I take around our town and local hills?
How little can I shop or how many weeks can I go between having to step foot in a store?
How can I help my children truly learn in their unique ways?
How many conversations can I have that are authentic and encouraging on a daily basis?
How many books will I read this year?
I have been pondering this concept of always striving for being or doing something extraordinary. It reminded me of my last eight years in the Network Marketing realm. I remember early on when I started sharing the products I love, I met a woman in her early 30’s who was a true light, with two young girls and a house on the hill. She explicitly told me that her sole goal in the company was to speak in front of 15,000+ people at our annual conference. Her financial goals were intertwined with wanting to be in front of 15,000+ people. I always found this genuinely fascinating and unrelatable to me personally as my best moments were often chatting in the line to the washrooms or sitting beside someone in the seats or simply walking down the street. Ordinary moments that turned into extraordinary relationships.
I have realized now in my teaching careers as I am asked to speak and present information to others that I would rather be the person stacking the chairs at the back than speaking to everyone from the front. (I actually shared this two weeks ago to someone in our school leadership team.) I am really happy being behind the scenes. (And clicking away on my computer keyboard as I share my musings. I am so happy right now as I write this!)
Striving for ordinary.
Yup, that’s me.
Have an epic Wednesday and love what you do!
6 thoughts on “Be Striving for Ordinary”
I love all your posts Joanna but especially this one. Your posts are uplifting, make you think and always put a smile on my face as I read them! Thank you Allyson ________________________________
Thank you Allyson for the kind words and for sharing what is encouraging you as I share my journey. It means a lot.
I’m always in for genuine conversation!
Me too! Remember our wintery cold last walk? Thank goodness for RONA!
Thank you for your posts! This post reminds me of a book, “No Ordinary Moments” by Dan Millman. A fascinating guide of living a peaceful warrior’s life by turning our intentions into action, our challenges into strength, and our life experiences into wisdom. You are going a step further and sharing what is working for you with others.
Thank you Tom for the comment and for sharing that book. I really appreciate it.