An Ordinary Life Is Good Enough After All
I have to ask: what’s so wrong with ordinary anyway? Why do we always strive for MORE? When is it ENOUGH? As my logo above states, a simple life brings more happiness; the Chinese characters translate loosely to ‘simple qi, happy life’. (I’m working on getting the logo larger, ready for t-shirts.)
This has been a theme I’ve thought a lot about the past several years. As we mature, we gain wisdom and seek out simpler lives. I no longer desire the activity and complications of my youthful life. My days of chasing dreams and reaching for the proverbial brass ring have, thankfully, come to a close. It was an exhausting run that never really came to fruition in the ways I’d hoped. As is the way for many of us, I think.
Many chase dreams; few catch them; fewer have the courage (or energy) to live them. The rest of us settle for ordinary – and that’s good enough for me.
Ordinary Is Extraordinary
Why can’t ordinary be extraordinary? The story of ordinariness is one of a simple life, not reaching for the brass ring, finding happiness in the simple moments. Ordinary means seeing the beauty in the everyday, which can seem extraordinary. The Covid lockdown taught many that the small moments are the most precious. Mantras preaching entitlement abound but in reality you must EARN what you have (physically, emotionally, financially) and you’ll appreciate it more because you did. Ordinary, in this modern, over-ambitious, over-the-top-living, Kardashian-obsessed world, is possibly the perfect remedy.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te Ching
One can derive enormous pleasure from simple daily rituals. There’s a difference between living a ‘rich’ life and living an ‘enriched’ life – which have you chosen?
Keep It Simple
In my experience, artistic/creative people can be comfortable living a simple life. To focus on our art, our writing, on whatever gets us through each day is what matters most. Some may still strive for the limelight as it’s how artists can support themselves. Some strive to create and believe that the creating is what’s important, whether they support themselves with it or not. You have to choose which is best for yourself.
No matter what you choose, let it be extraordinary in the most ordinary way. That’s where true contentment lives.
#happiness #qi #simplelife #livesimply #laotzu #taoteching #writers #artists #creativity #chinesephilosophy #balancedlife #beextraordinary
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” This is so deep! I’m definitely applying this phrase to see how things turn out today 🙂 Thank You so much for sharing this!
LikeLiked by 1 person
Trust me, it’s true… Lao Tzu was brilliant… I’ve had to let go in various ways the last 20 years (mostly on physical and emotional levels) and discovered how true his words are… It’s about trusting and losing the fear of letting go
LikeLiked by 1 person
I don’t know why I’m reminded of ‘the way someone does something is they way they do anything’, and it especially applies to the normal here. If we’re half-assing our way through everything, even washing the dishes, what does that say about us when we start doing things that are important? Loved this little reminder today. Thanks for sharing!