Being ordinary.

I had a nightmare:

    all people became famous,
    all people became very successful,
    all people became very rich,
    all people reached their goals and …
 I took a cold shower, then turned on my PC and found two quotes below:
“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
“And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving…”
― Marilyn Thomsen
I read the quotes, signed happily, drank a glass of warm milk and immediately fell asleep.


12 thoughts on “Being ordinary.

  1. “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.”my mistake ,our mistake…to wish greatness for our children…and not to wish them only ” be happy””!! and life demonstrated us that happiness “lives” for ordinary people ,only!!
    I was so impressed about your thought, so that I want to reblog your post for all the people who have to learn what is really important and harder for us in life ..”to be ordinary”!!!
    thanks a lot!! for being here !!

    • I wrote this short post after my friends told me that their daughter was a very successful and rich trial lawyer. She worked and worked, had no time for herself, her husband and their wonderful little daughter. Without my friends’ help the family could not function at all! There was no happiness for anyone!

  2. Reblogged this on Doctor de Romanica' and commented:
    viata m-a invatat ceva inedit..ceva ce nu am stiut si nimeni nu mi-a spus de important si greu este fapt sa fii “OBISNUIT”!! gresim in viata in educatie si in atitudine crezand pentru noi si pentru copii nostri ca a fi important in job, in societate, in averi, este idealul si ne face viata mai buna !! gresit chiar NU, totate aceste “mariri” s-a adeverit ca nu aduc decat nefericire !!! cel mai senin , linistit si fericit este atunci cand esti “SIMPLU” normal.,atunci cand faci cu drag si cu suflet orice in viata ta si atunci cand pentru toate astea “esti FERICIT”” nu stim asta cel putin noi romanii, si mai rau ne dorim si ne educam copii sa fie “MARI” in loc sa-i invatam sa faca totul ca sa fie fericiti, sa rada simplu sa planga din suflet sa doarma liberi si sa viseze colorat!!
    este aici in blogo-lume un om a carui experienta de viata( nu usoara) l-a facut intelept si fericit si pe care mi-ar placea sa-l cititi !! aveti ce invata de la un ocogenar minunat !! care se poarta si traieste ca 4 tineri de 20 de ani !!

  3. I never thought about being extraordinary… perhaps because I am extra ordinary… I sometimes think I am exactly the same as everyone… that I really don’t know many people who are different. Nice post J.F.

  4. What a great post this is! I have shared this with the rest of the gang here. There is nothing more important than being true to yourself. The one about crying over the death of a pet hits close to home!

    By the way, thanks for the follow. That brought me here today and I am following your blog as well. I am glad we have crossed paths!

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