Friday, November 21, 2008

Everything Ordinary

Learn to write about the ordinary. Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows, city buses, thin ham sandwiches. Make a list of everything ordinary you can think of. Keep adding to it. Promise yourself, before you leave the earth, to mention everything on your list at least once in a poem, short story, newspaper article.
~ Natalie Goldberg
Or a blog.

Tonight, I am grateful for everything ordinary. I am grateful for the cat on my lap, the movies on the shelf, the mail in the box. I am grateful for the gas station that sells pizza and chicken tenders because there is no fast food in my small town. I am grateful for the sexy heels in the closet and the hiking boots beside them. I am grateful for the watch on my wrist and the pens in the cup. The chili in the bowl. The simple, ordinary life. I celebrate everything that is ordinary.

I took these photographs of ordinary moments.


Jeanne said...

Love and hugs and kisses
Keep the magic flowing.
I love all you share.
Love Jeanne

Helen said...

Yes, ordinary things are so comforting. We don't really notice them until they're not there anymore; then we miss them terribly.

spread your wings said...

i am comforted by the ordinary things in my life everyday and I try to remember that when things seem a little off. I love your photos. such a sweet little kitty (i love her coloring - so soft) and that's a fantastic powerline shot - one of the best I've ever seen.
This morning in particular I am grateful for my daughter upstairs sleeping in her own bed, the sunshine on this cold day, wood for a fire in the fireplace.

Tabby @ ♥I Choose Bliss♥ said...

Celebrating the ordinary is an excellent idea Relyn! Your pictures are awesome as well!

Jessica said...

Isn't it amazing how the ordinary is so often looked over. I'm searching for the ordinary this weekend.

Patti said...

...and your writing is anything but ordinary!

Thank you for sharing!


(btw- I love Natalie Goldberg!)

robin bird said...

those are some great photographs my dear! i love the crossing wires and the kitten...yours? i sometimes am amazed at how much we end up having to share. i adore natalie goldberg. she is my writing and spiritual hero! blogging is a venue she could not of know about at the time she wrote that or she would have surely included it! wow that dirt road is calling me into the sunshine!
XOX thanks for all your loving support relyn :)

veronica said...

what great photos! you've been holding out on us, you have a great talent, thanks for sharing these.

Jaime said...

Every seemingly ordinary thing or moment in time contains something wonderful, doesn't it?

This moment..I am grateful for you.

My Castle in Spain said...

Gosh..i love that quote ! because it's so true...often we don't realize ordinary things are what make our life steady and happy.
a cup of tea in the sun is my daily joy and believe me i'm so grateful for it !

as ever, your posts are so full of sentiment

dutchbaby said...

I love the image of the high heels and boots side by side! Your photos are awesome - each and every one of them. Your kitty looks a lot like my Chanel did!

smith kaich jones said...

The ordinary is where magic really lives. And sometimes we see it.

Good eyes!

:) Debi

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