Boy was I excited to see that the FMF prompt word fits so nicely into my 31 Days series! If you aren’t yet up on Five-Minute Friday, where tons of bloggers gather and write for five-minutes focusing on one word, learn more about that here. Not familiar with 31 Days either? Well, check that out here (and you can see my other 31 Days posts here).
I have never really been in to ‘ordinary’ or ‘average’. I was raised to be an overachiever and to pursue excellence (I’m not quite sure I lived up to that, but my little brother did a pretty good job :-)). The phrase “Anything worth doing is worth doing right” was heard often in our home. And, like a lot of other middle class African-American children, I was often told “You have to be twice as good to get half the credit” – an acknowledgement of the harsh reality that things aren’t always fair, but also a call to strive to be the best.
I’m glad I was brought up with the notion that you should always do your best and that ordinary or average isn’t the goal – especially when it comes to education and learning.
In contrast, though, I think as a society we are becoming so enticed with the bigness of “celebrity” life that we’ve become dissatisfied with our seemingly ordinary life. We don’t see the value and don’t celebrate the value of our everyday existence – waking up kids, feeding our families, helping with homework, preparing snacks for soccer games, doing the laundry, and on and on. We look down upon our ordinary bodies, with an extra pound or two here and there. We second-guess our ordinary belief system, and sometimes even our faith, because it seems so passé nowadays.
Perhaps instead of focusing on the smallness of our ordinary lives, which is often based upon the comparisons we make to the carefully crafted and highly funded bigness of other people’s lives played out on TV and written about in gossip magazines, we should lean in to it.
The combination of all of the boring little every day things we do for ourselves and our families create an immeasurable amount fullness for those whom we love.