I was walking my pup through the woods this morning. The sun was rising through the thicket – a breathtaking fiery pumpkin etched with spidery tributaries. I might not have noticed it if I hadn’t looked up and stepped outside my doggie-mama self at that moment.
I was so taken aback that I called out to another pre-dawn zombie walking her pup, “Isn’t it beautiful?” Her head darted to and fro. “What?” she asked. “The sun,” I replied. She shrugged and pressed on, likely focused more on getting her dog to poop so she could head home and deal with raking the garden, doing the laundry, taking the kid to hockey or myriad other tasks bouncing about in front of her eyeballs.
There have been many mornings just like this one when a grocery list would have floated into my brain and obscured my view – lemons, toilet paper, garbage bags, bananas, almond milk. Are we out of peanut butter? I’m already in the store clutching my bananas. I’m one hundred and one steps ahead of that mossy trail. I’ve leaped through time and space to accomplish all my chores and tasks of the day. I don’t see the luminous rising sun and most mornings my mind doesn’t wander beyond my mundane to-do lists. I am embalmed in the ordinary most days. But that’s okay.
It’s inside the ordinary that the extraordinary lives.
We can’t all quit our jobs, stop buying groceries and simply spend our days watching the sun rise. But we can cultivate ordinary momentum in our daily life. How?
Do one, simple thing every day that heads you in the direction of your biggest dream — and do it first.
Doing it first ensures it gets done. Do it first, then do the groceries. Do it daily, then get on with the laundry. Get up earlier if you don’t have time in your life and do it then. Do it no matter what — even if you don’t feel like it or you are out of town. Eventually, you won’t be able to stop. Do it even if you only do it for five minutes.
Something will start to happen. You’ll get stronger, more inspired, more joyful and your days will feel more purposeful. You don’t have to do it perfectly, but doing it means you’ve committed to yourself, your future, and your dreams. You will be on the rise. You will be luminous and you’ll begin to gather ordinary momentum that will slowly, powerfully and irreversible change your direction.
First thing in the morning, the sun knows where it’s headed. Do you?