Daily Step – Treasuring the Normal

Normal days can be a treasure too.

4:30 AM Saturday, 5:00 AM Sunday.

These were the ridiculous times my children decided to get out of bed this weekend. And then, on the way into school this morning, apparently I was walking too fast for a Monday. My oldest begged me to slow down. “Walk slower, mom,” he said. Sighing, I replied, “You, my dear, are walking like a snail. I am walking like a person with a normal stride.”

“But I’m just so tired,” he said.

I went on to explain to him that he has no problem jumping out of bed on a weekend day at ridiculously early hours. 

“Yes, but I’m excited for those days. I am NOT excited for today.” 

Yep. It’s Monday again. And sometimes it can feel too normal, too ordinary, too un-weekend-like to jump out of bed excited for the day. But normal days can be a real treasure if we stop to notice them.

This morning, my prayer is this quote by Mary Jean Irion: 

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

What ordinary thing can you treasure today?

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