Ordinary days



For me when the string of ordinary days occur, I hit my blissful self.  There is nothing like the same old same old over and over that soothes my mind and brings contentment to my days. I've been like this since I was a child. I had anxiety whenever the school had a field trip and the schedule shifted. As soon as I was on my way, I was fine (sort of, when the tears stopped). 

So when I'm faced with boring days, endless sameness over and over - I'm my happiest! I will admit that traveling makes appreciation my focus.  I do enjoy seeing new places doing new things (sort of..) but I shine brightly at home getting all my tasks completed. 


Ordinary days gives room in my mind to center my intentions on myself and on others.  That focus helps me feel like I'm helping in small ways. Gratitude lists, praying for others helps me train my brain in mindfulness, a skill I've lacked growing up.  How lucky am I that I've found my way to this practice. 


By the way, I had an excellent check up with my RA Doctor... My meds stay the same for now and he thinks I'm doing well, I do too!!

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  1. I, too, enjoy rhythm to my days, but oh....that wanderlust side of me has to have something to look forward to (and, as soon as I'm gone a couple days, I'm ready for my rhythm to return!!!) I've always wondered why my knitting life doesn't enjoy the same 'sameness'....can you believe I just cast on something else---again?

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  2. Ordinary days are, indeed, the best. But I'm like Steph, who commented above me. I also have a wanderlust spirit that needs some adventure on the horizon. But at the end of those adventures I'm always so happy to be back home and into my routine again.

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  3. This is a great post, Karen. It is nice to get to know you better through posts like this. I find that when there is a common rhythm (like the comfort of a daily routine), my brain is freed to be more creative. Thank you for sharing, and fantastic photos!

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  4. I also find I do best with a steady routine. I love to travel, but I'm always excited to come home and know exactly what's coming next. Glad to hear your RA is behaving! Hopefully you continue to do well :)

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  5. Thrilled to hear your RA is under control, my husband is starting to stabilize a little and is back to walking with a stick instead of using the chair which is a relief. I am fond of a daily routine but love to travel and experience new things.

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  6. I understand this very well! I am still trying to find a schedule that fits for me but glad you have found one for you! Time at home to be quiet I find is so vital! Glad the RA is doing better! yay for that!!!

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  7. May your calm and peaceful days continue and may your good health continue. I do not have calm and boring days. Maybe in August there will be calm in my life.

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  8. So glad your RA has stabilized!
    I love the ordinary, too, especially on days when I'm not going to work. I am more calm and more productive when life is "ordinary".

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  9. Your home looks lovely. I think I would want to just stay there too! LOL

    I'm much better when my days are ordinary and "on schedule". I'm not much of a traveler. But ....I like to see new things once in awhile too.

    That's why we are looking for a quiet home on the water ---- I imagine spending days just relaxing and watching nature change the scene.

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  10. I am glad to hear that there are others who find comfort and security in routine. That's what works best for me also, even though my husband sometimes wonders why I don't get bored. So glad to hear about the excellent checkup - keep up the good work!

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  11. Give me the ordinary days too. I find them wonderfully nourishing. I so happy to hear others feel the same. And whoo - hoo for a good checkup. I hope your good health continues.

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  12. Glad to hear that your RA is doing better. I love ordinary days also, but I really love to travel. I do enjoy returning home, but I look forward to the next trip.

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  13. I crave my routines. I m missing them lately. I need to sit and think of how to keep a few routines amid the move and changes. Hmmmmm. Knitting always helps. I should have my first cuppa coffee on the screened porch.....quietly. Then start the packing day

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  14. Hurrah for a good RA report and ordinary days!

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  15. So happy to hear that your health has stabilised, that is good news! Yes, ordinary days can be the best xx

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  16. I enjoy a steady rhythm to my life too, I think it has quite a bearing on our physical and mental health. By the way, I do like your bookshelves :)

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  17. I love seeing Frodo. Glad your RA is steady and you're happily functioning about.

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