Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

From Extraordinary to Ordinary

That beautiful lady became my daughter-in-law this past Saturday. What an extraordinary time it was for all of us. They seem so happy together and so comfortable with each other. They are still experiencing the extraordinary with a trip to Maine, sampling all the delicious seafood along the honeymoon path.

I have been entertaining some leftover guest from Connecticut and will be returning to work tomorrow. The guest is a friend of mine from the Navy days (69-73) and his wife. This too has been extraordinary because of our long time history together.

It has been a special time these past several days. And now we go back into our routine of the ordinary. And I am just as excited about that as I was about the extraordinary.

Reflecting on this, I realize just how precious this everyday life is if we pay attention to the ordinary. This past weekend was great but for the most part GREAT is not an everyday life experience. For the most part everyday is just everyday. And it is in the everyday (the ordinary) that we find what matters.

So as exciting and wonderful as all this was I can honestly say that I am excited about the wonderful everyday life which now has in it my new daughter-in-law Anne.

For me, the ordinary is the extraordinary. Pay attention! It's just this!

CONGRATS TO JASON AND ANNE!!!

Deep Bows,

Alan
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