(Inside: Why – in your ordinary – you made an impact, even if you didn’t realize it.)
I wonder if the woman who handed me coffee this morning with her enthusiastic good-morning-and-happy-to-see-you greeting realized I drove away with a big smile on my face because of her.
Her delivery was masterful.
Thank you, lovely woman. You passed me steamy deliciousness and some of your energy, as well.
I needed that today.
I wonder how often we think that we are just doing us –ordinary us – and that doesn’t matter so much. And yet other people – like me today – are so grateful for our ordinary.
Like the next person – though my head tells me otherwise – my heart feels to be extraordinary I need to have published a book, or starred in a movie, or spent the past year making buckets from the top of a building into the hoop on the ground gaining 10 million youtube subscribers Thank you for that entertainment, Dude Perfect. My sons luuuuuv you.
Yet – when I really think about it, who impacts me more:
It’s always the second. It’s always the real people I see right in front of me. They move me in epic ways that “more important people” I do not know can’t.
The most impactful people in life are disguised by looking ordinary.
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If we let it be – if we only take a moment to really see the wonder that surrounds us and in it, the impact we can make by simply doing ordinary well.
Want to read more on this topic? Shauna Niequest and Ann Voskamp do a great job of helping us unlock our hearts to the sacred moments that surround us:
“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, educator, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration in parenting, family connection ideas, encouragement for moms, and more empowering content. Read more in the “about” section of this page.