From mundane to majestic

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Four changes in thinking have transformed my life the past year. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’m still growing and being challenged everyday by this arbitrary list of statements that encompass the last year of choosing to look at and think about life differently.

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Mundane is opportunity: rather than lamenting the seemingly dull moments in life, see every little boring detail as having opportunity in it – folding laundry, driving to and from work, doing dishes, raking leaves, answering emails. The opportunity to see beauty in creation, to talk to God, to worship, to sing, to think about friends you want to connect with, to turn work into play with kids.

No such thing as mundane. Mundane does not exist. Mundane is opportunity. There is no such thing as boring. It’s all about how you view your life. It’s all great stuff! (Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer)

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Big ideas in small places: I read about this garden in Paris, Square du Vert-Galant, that feels massive when you’re inside, but is actually only 2/3 of an acre. The designer decided to make this tiny plot of land as beautiful and grand as possible; he ignored its natural limitations and went wild with creativity. Our lives are like gardens – we have the opportunity to grow and cultivate whatever we want in them. And no matter how small our day-to-day activities seem, we can make them as full and brimming with life and beauty as we imagine and dream up. The sky’s the limit!

Big ideas in small places is what the garden Square du Vert-Galant is all about. If you start to feel as if yours is a measly 2/3 acre life, remember nothing about you, your ideas, or your garden will never feel small again. (Vivian Swift, Gardens of Awe and Folly)

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Waking up and going to bed are a gift: It’s so cliché to say this, but it’s been a massive revelation. Rather than lamenting the rising and setting sun because of tiredness or boredom or frustration, embrace it because we only have the guarantee of today and today’s time is God’s expression of love towards us.

The daily round of sunrise and sunset, for example, that marks the coming and passing of each day, is no longer a symbol of human hopes. or of God’s majesty, but a grind, something we must grit our teeth to endure. Our busy schedules, and even urban architecture, which all to often deprives us of a sense of the sky, has diminished our capacity to marvel with the psalmist in the passage of time as an expression of God’s love for us and for all creation. (Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries)

to him who made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

(Psalm 136:7-9)

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Change the lens: sometimes life requires us to zoom way out to see the big picture and gain some perspective, and sometimes it requires us to zoom way in to see the details and focus on what’s important and beautiful. Learning which lens to put on in which situation is the tricky part, but so worth the effort.

I needed to change the lens through which I viewed everything familiar. (Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project )

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