Nothing Ordinary

The search for Beauty can consume me.

I think about the adventures I’ve been on: hiking into the middle of Yosemite with a week’s worth of food on my back, surfing for the first time on the shores of Thailand. Staring with awe at the historical magnificence of the Roman Colosseum and taking in The Tempest and the Shrew in Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Breathing in the fresh air of the Swiss Alps and tickling my toes in cold water off the shores of La Maddalena.

I could go on, for the memories are many. Because if you’re anything like me, it’s easy to spot Beauty when we’re viewing the Big Sights and visiting the Most Beautiful Places and having the Adventure of a Lifetime.

But it’s that much harder to spot Beauty in the ordinary everyday.


My muscles have to work harder to find holiness when I haven’t slept through the night, and when my three-year-old keeps asking the same question eleven times in a row, as if I didn’t hear – and didn’t respond – the ten times before:

Can I have Cheerios? Mama, can I have Cheerios, Mama? Can I have Cheerios, Mama, please? Mama, can I have Cheerios? Can I have Cheerios, please, Mama, please?

I see why the Quiet Game was invented.

It can be hard to remember to open my eyes to seeing the Beauty that’s already around me, the Beauty who’s been present with me all along, when I’m lonely or when I’m sad, when I’m burn out and when I’m in need of a break. 

But I think that’s why when I find Beauty in the most unlikely of places, when I see Beauty in my ordinary, everyday mama-life, it’s that much more breathtaking.

One of my favorite podcasts once said that there is nothing ordinary for those who know how to look for the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.

I want that Nothing Ordinary. 

I want to train my eyes to see Nothing Ordinary when I’m chopping onions for dinner, dreaming about the sizzling perfection of garlic, onions and olive oil.

I want to hear Nothing Ordinary when that same son who asks for Cheerios eleven times in a row sings “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “Mary had a Baby” in the middle of August.

And I want to feel Nothing Ordinary when my husband opens the sliding door to conversation and wraps his arms around me, refusing to let go until I believe his love for me.

Because this Nothing Ordinary is true beauty.

This Nothing Ordinary is Beauty Himself.

And this Nothing Ordinary is the beauty I yearn to find.

Is it the same for you?

The #wholemama journey continues, even though we’ll be switching things up a bit. This week’s topic is BEAUTY – so, what is beauty to you? And how, of course, do you find Beauty in the most unlikely of places?

Whole Mama

20 thoughts on “Nothing Ordinary

  1. Oh, yes. To have this deep soul-thirst quenched by such everyday beauty is my yearning. I yearn for the big sights, too, so I hope there is space for all of that in my lifetime, but I think the beauty of be-ing, right where I am, is the key to enjoying and discovering all of it.

    1. Oh Jamie, here’s to finding Beauty in the big and the little. We leave for vacation on Saturday, and I’m thinking I’ll see quite a bit of it then. 🙂

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.


  2. You’re right, Cara. It’s easy to find beauty in the big obvious things, but harder in the ordinary every day. But oh so meaningful when we find Beauty in our everyday routine. It’s always there, but so hard to see sometimes. Blessings to you!

  3. Funny how the big sights…I think of the Blue Ridge Mountains…make me take a deep breath. But the seemingly small beauties…I think of my daughters resting their cheeks on their Papa’s chest when they hug him…make me breathless. You’re right about how much beauty is all around us.

    1. All the “me too’s” in the world. I think those are my two favorite words right now. I’ve been mulling over that a whole lot lately. How’s manuscript-writing going?!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.


  4. Love this friend! I love it all. So many beautiful sentiments and sentences. I find my muscles have to work harder too, and sometimes I just want to say it’s just too hard. I’ve been trying to use Glennon’s “We can do Hard Things!” as a little pep talk.

  5. I love the quote about Nothing Ordinary. Isn’t it funny that even those of us who practice daily finding the beauty and grace in everyday life still struggle? But then I suppose that’s why we keep practicing…maybe someday we’ll nail this. 😉

    1. Amelia, here’s to continuing to practice. And here’s to maybe nailing it along the way (but if we did, where would our writing fodder be?) xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.


  6. “And I want to feel Nothing Ordinary when my husband opens the sliding door to conversation and wraps his arms around me, refusing to let go until I believe his love for me.”
    I want this so bad I can taste it. I hope to train myself to see nothing ordinary. Thank you for sharing this idea.

  7. There truly is nothing ordinary that is not also extraordinary because it is all part of God’s creation. As C.S Lewis reminded us, when it comes to people we have never in our lives met a mere mortal. Similarly, with the rest of God’s creation we have never seen anything that fits our earthly definition of ordinary.

    1. we never in our lives met a mere mortal …yes indeed. I’m reading Desmond Tutu’s the Book of Forgiving, and that idea, as you can imagine, is all over it. Love, love, love it.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.


    1. Thank you, friend! I’m betting you’ll love the podcast, and most certainly if you have a bent toward the liturgical.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.


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