Exploring The Ordinary (Prompt 2)

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“The “show business,” which is so incorporated into our view of Christian work today, has caused us to drift far from Our Lord’s conception of discipleship. It is instilled in us to think that we have to do exceptional things for God; we have not. We have to be exceptional in ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, surrounded by sordid sinners. That is not learned in five minutes.”  Oswald Chambers


Life is not lived in climactic moments but in the slow dripping of a faucet, the tick-ticking of the clock, the hum of cars passing by and crickets chirping throught the night. Our lives are a quilt of woven together scraps from time, events, celebrations -but we hang onto the simplest memories from childhood and beyond. Learning to appreciate the day to day ordinariness of life is a sign of maturity. Perhaps in the ordinary there is something magical to be discovered after all. Join me as we explore the ordinary.


Prompt 2:

Complete the sentence or springboard as you feel led into a journey into an ordinary moment in time;

It was an ordinary morning...


Ponder where this Dickens opening leads you:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”


What comes to you as you reflect on the following quote:

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments” Rose F. Kennedy

Don’t be afraid to just ponder. Pondering is like marinating for writers. No need to rush, sit with your wild mind for a bit. You might be surprised where it leads. As you feel ready, open your journal and write! Don’t force it, just tenderly invite whatever comes. Enjoy the journey.


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Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

3 thoughts on “Exploring The Ordinary (Prompt 2)

  1. Yesterday I felt bad about not writing until bedtime. I had read it the prompt first thing in the morning, but with getting around for church didn’t have time to actually journal then. But, you know what? It worked out well & I think I’m going to continue this way for I pondered on it off & on all day long. It kept me focused as I thought about & remembered when DH & I met; kept me thinking over the past 43 years together. It was a good thing. I’m a night person anyway, so I think I’ve discovered a new way of journaling for myself — I like it.
    And I like today’s prompts…they are a good thing to ponder all day long on this busy day that lies ahead of me, especially since the days always seem busy! Let;s be busy for the Lord all day long in the ordinary & in the extraordinary!


    1. That makes me smile, Ann! I was journaling between 10-11PM myself, followed by a Bubble Bath! And it worked for me too, after I stopped beating myself up for not doing it earlier. But gentleness is needed these days…maybe all days. We need to learn to tune into what we need, not try to conform to what we think is needful. Challenging but freeing, I think. Whether writing or life, a fine balance and God gives us grace…This so goes along with the book I am reading as well.


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