It’s that time of the year again. You know, the ending. Oh yeah, and the beginning. That too.
The intersection of what was and what is yet to be that gets us all thinking about gym memberships, savings accounts, and accomplishing something greater with our lives in the New Year. Of course, the best remedy for this manic condition is usually called February, but that doesn’t stop us from conjuring up aspirations of a more “epic” self as we brush up on the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne.
Lose 30 pounds.
Open that 401(k).
Get out of debt.
Run a marathon.
Read through the whole Bible.
Good goals. Noble resolutions. Valid aspirations. And I’m by no means suggesting that you shouldn’t make them. Drop those 3 dress sizes, ingest more of the Scriptures, call up The Dave Ramsey Show and scream “we’re debt free!” I’ll even cheer you on (although if you’ve chosen a marathon it will be from the water stations and not running next to you).
The older I get though, the more I realize that epic is sometimes easier. It’s ordinary I don’t always do very well.
Let’s be honest, it’s empowering to set goals. It gives us energy to start and a finish line to target. Goals are important (in fact I just asked our staff to bring 3 to our next meeting). But ordinary can be pretty extraordinary, too. In fact, I think becoming awesome at ordinary can change everything. Here’s a few random, ordinary ideas to get you thinking:
Show up on time for dinner with your family.
Emotionally engage with your wife’s stories.
Share your fears with those closest to you.
Stop and really listen to the people you work with.
Offer to help someone who’s struggling.
Get on the floor and play with your kids.
Tell the people you love that you love them.
No mountains to climb. No finish line to cross. No grandiose achievement to post on Facebook. Just simple, everyday actions that probably won’t garner much attention from your peers, but just might change your life (and the lives of those around you) in the most profound of ways.
I don’t know, it’s just a thought. But what if we resolved to be awesome at ordinary this year?