Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Magic of Ordinary Days

From the very first viewing moments to the last compelling scenes, this was one of Hallmark's movies that made it to my "Must Have" list.

What delighted me nearly as much as Hallmark's dramatic rendering was the fact that the story was first a book; one crafted with the utmost in story-telling charm by Ann Howard Creel. I now have it in my possession.

While I delighted in the film, I labored over the book like a small boy surveying a caterpillar.
Both have been grand, yet humble reminders of how utterly magical is an ordinary day. I am delighted and grateful for such a pleasant path to an equally pleasant - and altogether powerful - truth.

What does such a thing - an ordinary day - consist of, anyway?

Likely that list will be different for each of us, but this I know:

Ordinary days are ... well ... ordinary!
They don't stand out or make it to the
nightly news.

What makes them magical is, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. My eye sees them, in part, like this ...
  • I can hear my breath and the beat of my heart.
  • Recalling friendships brings an unsolicited smile to my face.
  • The faint chirp of a Cactus Wren is a sonnet.
  • The sun reaches beyond my skin to touch my soul.
  • A sense of well-being dares my feet to tap out the rhythm of a song.
  • The shirt I've donned contains the hint of my favorite cologne.
  • I silence the drone of "must"s and "should"s to waste many minutes
    on musings.
  • Realizing that I've yet to discover as much as I've already discovered.
  • Organizing the pantry shelves is an adventure.
  • Clean sheets summon my body to rest & relish.
So what about your ordinary days? Are they magical?


Debbie said...

You are so right; ordinary days can be magical. I never heard of this movie or the book but it sounds like it should be on my list.

I love the smell of clean clothes, the smell of blossoms on the flowers, the scent of suntan lotion (I know it's wierd), the moistness of the salt air and a breeze that blows and messes my hair. I love the silence and it's then I hear the birds singing and the bunnies running so quickly across the yard. I love the smell of a barbecue.

Yes, there's something about the ordinary that can be special.

One thing that I've discovered isn't ordinary though is ...friendship. And I appreciate yours.

Love you,

Shirl said...

Indeed they are! This sounds like a book I would like.

Saleslady371 said...

Your list is extraordinary! I love the feel of clean sheets. I hope to see this movie.

Just a little something from Judy said...

You know, come to think about it, there are many magical moments in my quite ordinary days, but for absolute certain, I could never write about them as skillfully, and in the same thought provoking way that you just did. Amazing...your ability to voice your thoughts and ideas. God has gifted you in a beautiful way.

Beth E. said...

Most of my days would probably be considered 'ordinary' by most people! However, I treasure each one...

Every morning, just before sunrise, I listen to the birds singing in the trees outside our open bedroom window. The air is crisp and cool, awaiting the warmth of the sun. I snuggle deeper into the covers and closer to my hubby, feeling the beat of his heart, knowing that each new day is a gift from God. His mercies are new every morning. Magical, indeed...

Sonja said...

The ordinary... what a good thing to reflect on.

I love the smudges and spots on the glass of our front door as my favorite little faces ring the bell 10 times and wait to see if we are home... listening to the birds as I open the door in the morning on one of these beautiful spring days, listening to music that moves my heart, sitting down with an excellent book, watching the little waves on our lake on a windy day and the way the water changes color according to what the sky is doing, and on and on...

I love that you have given us the words that bring all these things to mind. Yes, the ordinary can definitely be extraordinary!

Love this Kathleen!

Loren said...

What a wonderful list ~ Ordinary is the best isn't it :)
I love ordinary you I LOVE Clean sheets!!!
Sitting with my DH every morning as we drink our coffee, watching,listening to the wonder of HIS Creation in our back yard....
Seeing the smiles and feeling the hugs of our precious children
Experiencing the Wonder of our Lord each day in HIS Word, or in HIS people! I never know what it will be but wait with anticipation what each day holds!

Love you Kathleen

Karen Lange said...

Ordinary days are wonderful, and an especially sweet blessing when riding out trials and challenges. Blessings for your week,

Terri Tiffany said...

You have made an ordinary day sound not so ordinary but as you said--magical! I love the way you described them.
Today is an ordinary day for me but deep down I keep waiting for the magic to bring it more alive and usually there is that singular moment that will happen before I stretch out on my sheets too.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Survival is at the top of my list in regards to the magic behind an ordinary day... sometimes just living it through with my faith in tact and not requiring any "highs" to sustain me. Another point of joy for me in an ordinary day is getting to the evening hours when the house slows down and the quiet descends. I enjoy the freedom of either watching a favorite show with my husband, reading, or spending time on the phone with friends.

I live a very ordinary life, but what makes each one live a bit higher is the love and peace I have in Jesus Christ. He has a way of putting his fingerprints on my ordinary and calling it extraordinary. I'll be looking for him today.


Rebecca said...

A stack of freshly folded wash ready to be placed in drawers.
Creeping flocks tumbling in their violet beauty over rock borders.
The aroma and first swallow of freshly brewed coffee.
A good book and time to read it.

skoots1mom said...

can hear: my little fan blowing on me while typing my answers.

Recalling friendships: makes me so thankful for where God placed me.

Hearing the thunder yesterday reminded me of His full power.

The sun: is peeking out from behind large, black storm clouds and it's beautiful.

The shirt I've donned: is sleeveless allowing more coolness for this hormone-depleted body.

I silence the drone of "must"s and "should"s: because my body is temperamentally fighting me today, like a selfish little child.

Realizing: my girl will only have three more weeks of high school and life WILL change forever and I'm eager to see her walk with Jesus as an adult.

Organizing the pantry shelves: will have to be done after re-filling the master bathroom from renovations we're making now.

Clean sheets: are sweet nests, especially on the first night.

Did you get an idea of my ordinary day?

KelliGirl said...

I have long embraced the ordinary. I'm an ordinary girl, after all! Like you noted I've seen such small treasures in between the big moments and huge experiences. Little nuggets could easily be overlooked, yet give generously to those who linger.
Blessings, my friend,

Janette Wright said...

Wonderful...totally enjoyed!