Saturday, November 21, 2009

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

The grass is always greener, ain't it so?

How much time do you spend thinking about the life you'd like to have? How much does this detract from your everyday life?

For me, it's a real problem. I wish I was younger, prettier, thinner. I wish I had a house in the country with an animal menagerie and space for the children to run. I wish people were interested in my designs and I could make a living from this. I wish I could spend more time doing what I want to do..... I could fill the page with this stuff.

But what are all these thoughts, wishes, dreams going to do for me long term? If they motivate and inspire me to live better, then good. But, if they become a weight that I carry around in the form of restlessness and dissatisfaction? - not good.

From a very young age I wanted to be a singer and entertainer. With a little work I was able to make this happen, albeit on a smallish scale. People would be wowed by the fact that I was out there doing this, but let me tell you the reality. Lugging heavy sound equipment around prior to setting up, performing "popular" songs that I personally hated (Kylie, you did me a great disservice!), breathing in the second hand cigarette smoke of a collective room (before the new smoking laws came in), dealing with drunken hecklers, then hauling all that equipment away again before hobbling (high heels - ouch!!) into bed at 3am, only to get up a few hours later to care for my family. Sound glamourous?

I know what I need to do to feel happier, it's just that saying it is easier than doing it.

A couple of quotes I like:

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
Mother Theresa

Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
Angelique Arnauld

I must be off, the baby is crying again, which is a regular and ordinary occurence.

But isn't she extraordinarily beautiful? :)

God bless you all.

2 comments:

MoederKip said...

Well, I happen to think you're quite an extraordinary woman who does amazing work.
Keep at it - the universe has this funny way of delivering you to your dreams when you least expect it :-)
x

naomi said...

thanks for sharing this. Seems like you and I are on the same wave length at the moment. I find myself lying awake some nights thinking of all the things I want to get done, things to make etc. I get so disheartened that I just don't have the time anymore. But then I think ahead to 20yrs down the track and what will be important then. Really helps me put things in perspective.
I am loving the Mother Theresa quote...might have to borrow that one!