1: of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events; routine, usual
2: having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also: belonging to such jurisdiction
3 (a): of common quality, rank, or ability; (b): deficient in quality; poor, inferior
Ordinary (adj.): early 15th century, “belonging to the usual order or course,” from Old French ordinarie “usual” and directly from Latin ordinarius “customary, regular, usual, orderly,” from ordo “order.” There are various noun usages, dating to late 14th century and common until 19th century, now largely extinct except in out of the ordinary (1893). In British education, Ordinary level, “lowest of the three levels of General Certificate of Education,” is attested from 1947.
“You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.”
Mitch Albom (b. 1958, American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician; best known for “Tuesdays with Morrie”)
“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet)
“It never failed to amaze me how the most ordinary day could be catapulted into the extraordinary in the blink of an eye.”
Jodi Picoult (b. 1966, American author of 23 novels, about the delicacy and complexity of human relationships)
“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.”
William Martin (award-winning author whose work expresses the practical wisdom of inspiration of Taoist thought for contemporary readers)
“It occurred to me that if I were a ghost, this ambiance was what I'd miss most: the ordinary, day-to-day bustle of the living. Ghosts long, I'm sure, for the stupidest, most unremarkable things.”
Banana Yoshimoto (b. 1964, pen name of Japanese writer Mahoko Yoshimoto)
“You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.” — Mitch Albom
I want an ordinary life filled with moments of “diaphanous clarity,” sheer beauty, and astounding wonder, don’t you? Daily, don’t you desire to feel the healing warmth of the sun and/or the cooling energies of the wind and rain? Wouldn’t you like to familiarize yourself more with the sweet and subtle dimensions of our glorious planet Earth?
It wasn’t long ago when I yearned for the thrill of the swinging chandelier, the tantalizing gossip, the stories, and the fantasies. Fortunately, I no longer desire to create drama out of the mundane or to ride the backs of dragons into war.
Although life’s circumstances may impose its will into our attention, let us collectively focus our attention on all that is good in our lives instead of magnifying the noise of our petty grievances. Let us instead abide in creative peace, love, and harmony.
Let us also forgive those who charge and infuriate us, but instead bless these soul mates for bringing to our attention those issues we need to change within ourselves. They may end up being our truest or most straight-arrowed friends.
Ordinary moments are our opportunities to be present in the time/space potentials of life, whereby we can peer valiantly into the eternal and abundant abyss.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya