17 October 2012
An Ordinary Person...Trying to Do Something Extraordinary
I just saw this video on Design Mom (it's from the "I'm a Mormon" video series) and I just melted. It's the perfect example of what can happen when you try to do something extraordinary.
Oh man, I think it can be really difficult to figure out how and when we can go out and do something extraordinary in our lives. There are so many logistics to consider. And it might seem like a miracle to actually pull off something we've dreamed of doing. But I've also learned that as I've sought after the "extraordinary" even in small ways in my daily life - even in some of my most mundane or unfavorable situations - that miracles have still happened. MIRACLES! :) It's amazing!
I'll tell you a quick story. (Even though nothing seems to be quick with me on this blog. goodness. :)
I've had a few jobs in New York and most of them have just been incredible experiences. But I had one job that happened to be in one of the most toxic work environments in New York City. I actually knew that going in - but I also felt I could handle it. And you know what? It was a good experience. I decided to seek after the extraordinary in that job - and amazing things still happened. For example, I used the job and environment as an opportunity to practice the way I reacted to things. And I used it as an opportunity to develop compassion for those around me, even if they weren't doing too well at the time. Somehow, making this job a part of my spiritual practice resulted in one of the best experiences of my life. And one of the best miracles was forming an amazing friendship with the woman who sat next to me. We had some of the most meaningful conversations of my life during our time together, when we could hunker down amidst the negativity. And those are some moments I'll hold near and dear forever.
Is there anything extraordinary that you would love to do in your life? Big or small? (Anyone who knows me knows that I think big, too :) haha.
Write your thoughts in the comments and perhaps as readers we can all share encouragement or even resources & ideas for how you could pull it off. There's such an amazing community of readers here - and I'm sure something good could come of this. I'll start off the comments with something big that I would love to do. :)
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