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Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"

 
Josie
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Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
"It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest."
-Greek saying


Personally I am not into "Zen" but I found this article and wanted to share. It kinda gives you a good feeling.


From "Healing Zen" by Ellen Birx:

Often we take for granted just being ordinary. We feel the constant pressure to compete, to excel, and to be special. The fact is most people are average with respect to any particular human characteristic. That is the definition of average. And yet many are not satisfied with the average or ordinary and tend to be discontent and always striving. It is a great relief and healing when you realize that just being ordinary and your ordinary life are wonderful gifts.

When people are ill often they long to return to their ordinary life and to be able to do the things they ordinarily do like climbing a flight of stairs, going grocery shopping, or driving a car. Many times when I have taken care of young people with a serious illness like diabetes they’ve felt sad and frustrated because they had to stick to a special diet and take insulin while all the other kids could eat whatever they wanted and just be normal. They longed to be able to do ordinary things in life like go to school, get a job, get married and have a baby. Many worked very hard to accomplish these goals.

Zen practice helps you full appreciate your ordinary life. With awareness, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. You need to pay attention to what you are doing. Be one with each task, action, or thing. In this way you will discover your true nature and the true nature of each thing will shine through, illuminating everyday life. You will perceive the richness of life and feel blessed just to be an ordinary person.

Grabbed this article here:
[link to www.beliefnet.com]
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
I believe it. Sometimes hard for me to enjoy the "ordinary" as I ahve experienced alot especially in my early years.
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
I love your topics. You are really something Josie.
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I love your topics. You are really something Josie.
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Thank you Michael, What a heart warming thing to say. hugs
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
OP - I strongly agree with your statement. Feelings of superiority are a perversion of the truth, and the consequence of deep rooted self-love problems...
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
You guys are very gifted.
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Good Day to you Rex, Sweety I believe everyone is gifted. hugs
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Thanks for your post Josie.

Nothing makes you appreciate life more than passing 50. lol
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Thanks for your post Josie.

Nothing makes you appreciate life more than passing 50. lol
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You are so welcome Dear. Even though age is just a number, I feel as we age I feel each new day is a new beginning. hugs
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
Beautiful thread Josie, thanks.

At many points in our lives, and at many ages of our lives, Life strips away our "specialness."

It's in the peeling away -- in the Loss, (with a capital L for LOSS); through the hurt, that we first mourn the fact that it's gone, then we see the contrast of our lives in a way that we couldn't before.

This contrast is now more defined, when what is special is now absent; and hopefully it brings us to a higher level.
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Thanks for your post Josie.

Nothing makes you appreciate life more than passing 50. lol


You are so welcome Dear. Even though age is just a number, I feel as we age I feel each new day is a new beginning. hugs
 Quoting: Josie


I am not talking about how old I feel, its about how old my biological body and joints are...

Thanks Advil...

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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
Beautiful thread Josie, thanks.

At many points in our lives, and at many ages of our lives, Life strips away our "specialness."

It's in the peeling away -- in the Loss, (with a capital L for LOSS); through the hurt, that we first mourn the fact that it's gone, then we see the contrast of our lives in a way that we couldn't before.

This contrast is now more defined, when what is special is now absent; and hopefully it brings us to a higher level.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 140253


You are so welcome, hugs

I love this reply, because I believe it really touchs all of us. I also believe that lifes expereinces do bring us to a higher level if only we reach for it.
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Josie (OP)

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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
I am not talking about how old I feel, its about how old my biological body and joints are...

Thanks Advil...

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 Quoting: PACNWguy


Ahhhh now that makes sense! rolleyes
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
ordinary/average is the condition of the world.

that is all fine and good, but the world also needs it's Mavericks and malcontents. It needs the paranoids and free thinkers. These people think 'outside' the box.

They see and do what the average connot even begin to perceive.

The weirdos and geniuses require the predictability of the average...these simple one are the mechanism, they are the gears that keep the machine functioning so that the 'rest of us' can play.
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
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Re: Did you know?.... "Being Ordinary Is A Gift?"
Sorry but I thought I would bump it up again. bump
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