May 16, 2017
Mundane: ordinary, routine, commonplace, everyday, day-to-day
These are just a few of the words which describe most people’s existence. Sad…but true. However, I want to challenge the very way you have come to think of your life. If one of these words describes the essence of your existence, it’s time to reflect. Have you given up on being extraordinary? Have you given up the search to find that which brings content in your mundane existence?
Many of us never seem to find the quiet, inner peace we chase after throughout the course of
I often wonder what we are really chasing after? We all seem to just keep on chasing forward, stumbling over our own feet, on our way to a destination we have forgotten. So, what does this mean in essence?
We are headed nowhere, quickly; hoping that we will find authentic, inner peace and content.
I don’t want to sound like a naysayer, but I do want to challenge your way of living:
- Are you intentionally living your life?
- Making every moment count?
- Adding value to the lives of others around you?
- What are you chasing after?
- What do you plan to accomplish at the end of your DAY? – Not at only at the end of your LIFE….
Cause see, all we really do have is today…. What we do today, what we say, what we invest our time and money into, that is what will have an effect on tomorrow. Sure, you have to make long-term investments, but you can’t wait for “one day” to figure it all out. You have to start today. You have to live intentionally NOW, within the ordinary, so that one day will work out as you want it to.
And living intentionally is the complete opposite of living an ordinary, mundane life. See, you can feel like you are trapped in the routine of every day, and I was for three and a half years (and there definitely is a place for that), but the challenge is to still go into every day with intent and purpose.
I’m not suggesting that it is very easy, on the contrary. I think it was the hardest thing I have had to do – to be intentional within the routine I felt stuck in. So, how do we find content and peace within the mundane routine of our everyday?
It all starts with choosing to be content.
It seems like the easiest thing to say: “Just choose to be content. It’s not that hard.” It’s the most difficult thing to, earnestly, commit to…
When everything inside you screams to get out of a rut; when you feel like you could burst with frustration at the way things are, at the same routine of every day, choosing to be content is the last thing you want to do. You feel like running away, going to a new city or country, moving, quitting your job – anything but just meekly accepting your fate and being content…
Now, I do want to add that this might also have something to do with one’s personality, although I think that everyone might feel this sense of frustration at one time or another during their lives.
So, how do you choose to be content?
You just get up every morning and make a mental decision to accept where you are in your life AND to celebrate it!!
- look for one thing in every day that you are thankful for;
- find one thing that makes you happy (even if it is the tree outside your office window); and
- SMILE (even if it is forced in the beginning, it will come naturally after a few days.)
And there it is. In these three very easy, very doable steps, you will be able to find contentment in your ordinary, day-to-day tasks.
Anel is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. With a background in teaching English literature and language she now pursues her own writing career. She is an Alumna of Stellenbosch University, in Cape Town.
Growing up in Namibia, Anel has a deep appreciation of the vastness of nature which echoes the vastness of humanity. “I love to write about the complexity of our humanity and that which forms our very core identity.”
Anel has been married for 7 years and has one daughter. The journey of being a wife and a mom has also inspired her to write about, and share, her own experiences. She is currently working on her first book: “10 Lies we believe about marriage.”
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