“I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don’t try to make them extraordinary. I just try to paint them ordinary-ordinary.”
What if I told you the ordinary moments of your day are your extraordinary life! Imagine living life as if you were in a great movie—every moment on screen is written, directed, and acted according to a grand plan. Your words and actions tug at the heartstrings of the moviegoers, keeping them on the edge of their seats, awaiting your next move. Keep imagining this: The scenes of your life are carefully constructed to ensure a blockbuster hit, and the people in your life are your supporting actors, strengthening your role and making you look your best up there on the silver screen.
The above scenario—that each moment of life is beautifully designed for us—might be difficult to imagine. After all, as we all know, movies only run for about 90 minutes. And in that time, the characters on screen can age a lifetime! Unlike a movie that may skip from birth to death in a short time, our lives are made up of millions of “ordinary” moments from the time “we walk out on stage until the time the curtain falls.”
The movie of our life is lived in these amazing, seemingly ordinary moments, and that truly is what makes them, well, rather extraordinary. Every breath we take is a brand-new one, and every thought we have, every action we take, every interaction we have—moment by moment—is a new adventure. These things might seem familiar, we might have even done them before, but they are entirely new with each new moment that arrives.
The day is not one long thread. It has a beginning, middle, and end made of many, many individual moments. Most everyone today is saying, “Life is moving too fast!” I believe in order to slow things down we must experience every moment, really staying present in the here and now.
So try this experiment: Today, look at your ordinary moments as an extraordinary adventure that you are on. Each time your mind wanders to the past or future, take a deep breath and bring it back to the moment at hand.
Start practicing Focused Attention. Be fully present to each moment, and you will see things you might not have noticed before with fresh eyes and a sense of wonder. You may just feel that life has a beautiful rhythm, and it isn’t actually speeding up at all. It’s just perfect. Imagine this: you can be the moviegoer in your very own production, and sit on the edge of your seat curious and open for the next new moment to arrive!