This post began its humble life as a comment on my friend Tricia’s blog post “Extraordinary.” It was late and I began writing, suddenly wide awake. Pretty soon, I realized that my comment could easily become as long as her actual post if I wasn’t careful.
I first read Tricia’s post on Griffin’s Quill and I found it absolutely amazing because I’ve been dealing with so many of the feelings she mentions in her post myself lately. So much of my life is one long, monotonous march toward the end – the end of the laundry, the end of the dishes, the endless cries of, “Don’t do that!” and “Don’t hit your brother!” and “Play nice!” and “Stay in bed, for the love of God!” It’s dreary and dreadful and mind-numbingly boring some days. I feel like I’m living in a fog.
But then I open a book, and everything is new and fantastic, even if it’s not a fantasy, and anything is possible. I can do anything, dream anything, be anything. Made a mistake? Doesn’t matter – just move somewhere new! Start over! Create a new life for yourself! Want to travel, but can’t afford to? Work your way from place to place and experience the local color along the way! How many of us can realistically do that? How many of us can realistically just leave our old lives behind and reinvent ourselves if the need arises?
We can make tiny, but meaningful, changes. We can embrace those things that do make us happy. We can appreciate the good things in our lives. We can redefine extraordinary.
I’ve been striving to make some meaningful changes in my own life of late in order to break out of a rut I seem to have fallen into. Even making small changes in one’s life is a challenge, and I’ll admit that I’ve been struggling. But I hope that I’ll succeed and that the results will be worth the effort. Only time will tell.
In the meantime, I’d like to challenge you to pick one area of your life and see what you can do to improve it. Make a small change and see if it helps. If it doesn’t, try something different. If it does, rejoice! We really can have extraordinary lives, but we must choose to be extraordinary. So go ahead, wear that bright red lipstick. Reach for that gold star. And let me know how it goes! I’d love to share your joy. 🙂
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