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31 days of {extra} ordinary

each day we have ample reason to choose emotions other than happy. life falls short. decisions turn bad. people disappoint us, and dreams fail to take flight.

each of us seeking and striving for extraordinary….we resentfully settle into ordinary.

we choose anger. and sometimes it’s justified.

we live in a time when the world feels upside down. inside out and backwards our culture baits us to the edge of disaster and then turns it’s head in disgust when we fall victim to it’s lure. pornography, betrayal, infidelity, gossip, addiction and reality tv, we live in an age where it is more important to play pretty than fix what’s ailing. to gloss over a superficial life than get real with who we are. to play politics rather than take care of people.

and if we’re honest we want authenticity. we crave what’s real. we want to know truth and i want to see it in you. but i’m terrified for you to see it in me because i’m scared. we’re scared. we’ve been hurt. and the world seems like it’s getting darker and meaner every day.

spend an hour watching television and you’ll be mad. and you’ll have a right to be. depending on your programming, from sunup to sundown it broadcasts dark. mean. empty. hurtful. hopeless. outright stupidity and crippling fear.

mad? angry? outraged? you bet.

and yet. how does that help? how deep does that anger etch itself into the fabric of us? who we are, what we do, how we parent, how we love?

it goes deep. it affects. it infects.

pretty. so pretty on the outside. so broken, angry and bitter on the inside.

but we can choose {moment after moment } joy. peace. patience. kindness. we can choose to find extraordinary in the ordinary and be happy.

and though we live in a time when it seems really dark, there is still so much light. you find it in the simple things. nature. children. laughter and dancing.

the timeless beauty that transcends the roughness of a fallen, broken world. 

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for the next month, we’re going to focus on simplicity. finding joy in the {extra}ordinary, despite the darkness that surrounds us. practicing gratitude. anticipating wonder and waiting on grace.

it’s always the simple things that remind us of truth. the simple things that make us truly happy.

this weekend my boys and i picked flowers at the farmer’s market in seattle. usually i’m far too practical to buy flowers for my house. an expensive luxury that dies too quickly, i don’t often see the value in the purchase. but we picked out two bouquets and, despite their glum expressions for the stranger taking our picture, they were so excited.

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because you see: despite all the darkness, flowers still grow. their beauty transcends the circumstances of our day.

our government might shut down and fear, anger and anxiety reside only a heartbeat away. but beauty lives on. it still buds and blooms and grows before our very eyes. but we have to choose to see it. take hold of it. grab it in our tight little hand and hold onto it’s hope. learn from it’s courage. strive for it’s resilience. and see the extraordinary in it’s ordinary.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: commit to joining me in a 31 day adventure of finding extraordinary in the ordinary. if you don’t already, make sure you “like” the grace uncommon facebook page for even more support, discussion and inspiration! leave a comment below or on our facebook page and get accountability! together we can fight for joy in the {extra}ordinary moments of our lives. you don’t want to miss it!

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{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Jenn Hand October 2, 2013, 3:13 am

    I love this. 1( i love the look of your site 2) I love the reminder to find the extaordinary. Thanks for the sweet reminder!

    • Tammy October 2, 2013, 6:53 pm

      thanks for being here jenn!

  • Noelle October 2, 2013, 6:21 pm

    Tammy, thanks for the reminder of seeing what’s right in front of us. I have basically stopped watching the news and listening to it and as for those reality shows they are total waste of time but yes they are very sad as you say, and mean, etc. I do try to focus on the little things, baking cookies for my kids, going to their football games, these are the important things, not what kind of house you have or car or anything.. It’s the people that count right. I am joining for the 31 days, keeping up my gratitude journal. Thanks Noelle

    • Tammy October 2, 2013, 6:55 pm

      absolutely noelle! making memories, creating traditions, investing time. the real things…the things that last and live on past our days. legacy. thanks for joining in! xoxo

  • Courtney October 2, 2013, 6:38 pm

    I’m in! Today I’m making A LOT of applesauce and it’s making me so thankful for this beautiful fall weather. I look forward to reading your posts, Tammy!

    • Tammy October 2, 2013, 6:56 pm

      thanks courtney! mmmmm…i can imagine the smell of that cooking applesauce from here – YUM! enjoy!

  • Kelly October 3, 2013, 4:17 am

    I’m in, great plan! Xoxo

    • Tammy October 4, 2013, 1:19 am

      woot woot! welcome girlfriend!

  • Krisi October 4, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I am a little behind… but I’m jumping in. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Keara Edwards July 16, 2014, 5:51 pm

    Perfect timing… thank you thank you thank you!

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